A Journey from Slingshots & Marbles to Bottom Lines

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AuthorHouse, Mar 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 268 pages
The Millerfield area of Adair County, Kentucky was a wonderful place to live as a young boy. There was plenty of wild game to hunt and trap. Roy was an excellent marksman and had his own shotgun at the age of eight. The closeness of Green River was a great place to fish. The stream of water in Falling Rock Hollow provided a beautiful waterfall into a large hole of water that made for good diving and swimming, which the local boys took advantage of. Recreation consisted of ragtag baseball, played without gloves and a baseball made from string and beeswax. Pitching horseshoes was very popular for both men and boys. However playing marbles was the boys favorite. After graduating from the eighth grade, Roy started attending high school in Columbia, but after being told he had to buy his books, he quit going, thinking his dad couldn't afford it. However the short time he attended changed his life. Each morning the song, "Beautiful Dreamer" was played over the speakers. He was fascinated by the song, and decided he wanted to find the place of the beautiful dreamer. This started his long adventurous journey.

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Roy Barnes has lived in two very different worlds. He grew up as a young boy in an area of the world that had no electricity, no running water, no telephones, and with unpaved roads. He went to school in a one-room schoolhouse where all eight grades were taught without dividers. The building was heated with a big wood-burning stove, and drinking water was obtained from a nearby house. He eventually left that world and, after short stays at a number of places, found himself in a wonderfully modern environment, Louisville, Kentucky, where he has resided most of his seventy-six years. There, in that new and modern world, he held jobs in a grocery store, a battery factory, and as an electrician. He and his wife went into business for themselves, owning and operating a number of laundry/dry cleaning establishments. After selling that business, he took a job with a grocery chain. He was promoted to vice-president and later to director of franchise operations, responsible for nearly a hundred stores throughout Kentucky and Indiana. He retired from that job in October of 2000 at the age of 74.

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