Larry Arnold, Class of 59
Larry Arnold. I am a 1959 graduate. I have
lived in North Little Rock for the past 28 years. My next wedding anniversary
will be May 20th when Betty and I will have been married for 43 years.
We have one son, Brian, who lives across the street from us--no grandchildren.
My favorite high school memory is graduation.
At times I doubted if I would ever make it that far. I rode a bus from
Punkin Center, about 12 miles, and did not get to take part in many extra
curricular activities at the school
My favorite teacher was my 10th grade English teacher. I'm sorry that
I can't remember her name. This lady took a special interest in me and
spent extra time to make sure I succeeded.
Larry and Betty Arnold in Little Rock, Arkansas |
I will admit to being somewhat lazy when it
came to studies. I had a study hall with this same teacher. If I failed
to complete my assignments, she would have been justified in giving
me a zero grade. Instead, she stood over me in study hall and made sure
I understood and completed the assignment. When we were assigned literary
passages to commit to memory, my favorite teacher let me recite in private
instead of before the rest of the class. I had a quick short-term memory,
but was too bashful to recite in public.
My parents, who didn't graduate from high school,
instilled in me the importance of education, and most of the teachers
at Dora reinforced that value. I didn't take my first college class
for ten years, but passed the entrance exams with no problems.
I worked a few months for the L&N Railroad
after graduation. When we had a work slowdown, I joined the USAF. My
first assignment out of boot camp was at Little Rock AFB.
While stationed there,
I met my wife, and we were married five months later. Three months after
our wedding, I was assigned to Goose AFB in Labrador for fifteen months,
then spent my last year in the military at McCoy AFB near Orlando FL.
On leaving the military, Betty and I moved
to California where our two children were born. I apprenticed in a truck
repair shop and worked as a mechanic for 28 years. At the same time I
was learning to rebuild truck engines and transmissions, I completed a
junior college degree in math and transferred to Californina State, Long
Beach. I completed thirty hours there, then dropped out before graduating.
In 1975, we sold hour California
home and moved back to North Little Rock. In 1990 I decided to go back
to my interrupted educational pursuits. I graduated at UALR in 1995 and
immediately enrolled in graduate the UALR graduate school, earning a Master's
Degree in Technical and Expository Writing in 2000. I teach Composition
at UALR now while working full time as an Account Representative for Nuvell
My two heroes are my dad and my father in
law, both now deceased. My dad gave me a good set of values to live by
and taught me by example. My father in law became my second father, and
he taught me how to age in style. He was killed in an auto accident at
age ninety one, on his way home from a date with his lady friend. He had
outlived two wives, still kept his own home and garden and I miss him
What do I want to do when I grow up? My pastor
told me one day that no matter how our bodies may age, we can never be
any older than about forty-five in our minds and hearts. I've still got
a million things I want to try--haven't settled on one thing yet.
My hobbies include reading, especially SF,
music--I love all kinds including classical but play guitar and mandolin-gardening,
and traveling with my wife and son.