Hi everybody...Thank you one and all once again for the kind words and support that you all have shown be over the past couple of days. I'm very fortunate to have such great friends!
Today, my son Reese has to go to orientation at the local community college for the Fall semester. Every town and city in America usually has either a founding father, or one special person that embraces the community, and gives back what they deem the reason for their success. Flint has that benefactor in Charles Stewart Mott.
Mr Mott was from a wealthy family to begin with, have you ever eaten Mott's Apple Sauce?
"The finest apples, in apple land, make Mott's Apple Sauce taste grand"!
But during the early parts of the 20th century, he found himself in Flint. These were very exciting times indeed, and he became friends with such people as Billy Durant, and Louis Chevrolet, et al. These were the founding members of General Motors!!
Although Mott never ran an auto factory, he invested heavily in what he believed would be the future of America. He became a very wealthy man. But he never let his success go to his head, and he was a very frugal man. I can remember seeing him puttering around town in an old Chevy Corvair that he always drove himself. He wore the same double-breasted suit for years, and if he financed a project, he was right there pounding nails, and digging trenches.
...Anyway, he helped establish Flint Junior College in 1922. In 1955, it became Flint Community Junior College and tuition for County Residents was subsidised. In 1970 it became Genessee Community College. And after Mott died in 1973, they honored him by renaming it what it is today, Mott Community College!!
For years, and even today, if you attended that college, you always referred to it as "JC"..
For the kids out of high school that had no real game plan for the future, instead of paying the long dollor to flunk out of Michigan State, you could flunk out of college at JC for one third the cost!!
...Sometimes kids are NOT very proud to attend there. They look at it as some sort of punishment or Purgatory for not studying in high school. Thats very true in some cases, but they have an exceptional Pre-Dental program, a tech center that is phenominal, and it is a great stepping stone to any major university in the nation. Both me, Mrs. G, my friend Alex, and dozens of other close friends of mine attended JC, and went on to graduate from Flint-UofM!!
When Reese told me that he was accepted there, I pulled him aside and shook his hand, and then proceeded to tell him how proud I was that he had planned to go there. I believe my parting words to my little pep-talk was..."They were the best 4 years of my life". (of course it's only a 2 year school, but my first year I majored in Eucre, and had to play catch up)..
Good luck Son, Dad is very proud of you!!