Monday, January 12, 2009

#4 of 4 - Spending time with Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce's Linda E. Hershey


WAYNESBORO - Seth McGuffin and I headed down to Waynesboro to try and get our project that we like to call TEAM WAYNESBORO, jump started. We spent a few hours visiting with a remarkable young lady (I think Linda is falsely adding years to her age) and she is set to guide us through working with the Chamber over the next year.
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As we follow our path toward trying to simply be the care takers of the Generals for the good folks of Augusta County, we continue to meet special people. Linda is no different as the three of us mixed in a few personnel stories during our visit. She shared a neat story about how she ended up representing the State of Idaho when President Richard Nixon celebrated his inauguration a few years ago.
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It turns out Linda went to Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Virginia where one of her classmates was the Grandson of the Govenor of Idaho. There wasn't enough money at the time for the good folks of Idaho to send a band to carry the flag of the great state so the Gov inquired about the availability of the Thomas Dale band. As they say, the rest is history!
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Anyone old enough to remember Nixon's big day will remember just how cold it was outside. This led to Linda and two of her fellow students having a photo taken of their legs in an effort to show people just how frigid it was in D.C. That photo ended up in Life Magazine, a fact that still brings a smile to Linda's mother today.
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As much as Linda helped us today, it left us wanting to help Linda with a concern she has for the festivites planned for President Obama's big day. Her son, Trey Copenhaver is a Rat down at VMI and he has been given the honor of marching next Tuesday in D.C.
The problem that Linda has is she is worried about be able to actually getting to see young Trey when he marches by. She is in search of some one who might have enough pull to get her an elevated view of the parade, say a fifth floor or higher office building...
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Now I don't have that type of connections but if you are reading this and can help out Linda you should give her office a call. She might even share the part of the story about having to share space under a tent with some horses years ago in an effort to find heat...
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Thank you to Linda for all of the help and lets hope she might get to see her son when he marches by!

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