I was fortunate to work a night shift for at least two quarters with Carl. He was fun to work with, helped make the hours go quickly, and I believe that we got things done. Remember staying after closing, usually joined by a few other fellow workers, sitting in a booth, unwinding from the day, talking about high school backgrounds and of course, basketball and coaches. Great times . . .
Carl's words: I started working at the Ko-op in August 1963 and left after the spring quarter 1966. I graduated the summer of 1966. I enjoyed my time at the Ko-op, meeting and working with some fine individuals.
I started teaching business and coaching at Kinmundy-Alma High School in Kinmundy, Illinois (Photo above). I completed my Masters Degree at Eastern in the summer of 1970. After graduation that summer I started teaching business at Larkin High School in Elgin, Illinois. I also coached basketball and baseball. I completed course work at Northern Illinois University for an Administrative Certificate in 1973. In 1995 I became a Dean of Students for 8 years. Then in 2003 I became Assistant Principal at Larkin. Having completed 38 years at Larkin, I retired in 2004. Later in the fall of 2004, I was asked to fill a non-certified position for the remainder of school year. That position lasted until 2013, when I retired again - this time for good.
My wife Judy and I have two children, Nena and Reed, both are EIU graduates. Nena taught business, but retired to raise their family. Nena and her husband have three children, all adopted from Russia. The two sons are 16 and their daughter is 14. Reed is a high school special ed teacher and head basketball coach at Elgin Community College. His team finished second in the nation in Division III this past season. Reed and his wife are parents of two daughters, age 14 and 12.