Profile Updated: July 9, 2019
Residing In Palm Bay, FL USA
Spouse/Partner Liz
Occupation Retired Electrical Engineer, now amateur musician and sound man.
Children None
Military Service U.S. Air Force  

I have been a Floridian since 1973. I miss the hills of Tenneseee, the change in seasons, and the people. Folks in Tennessee tend to be more friendly, more polite, and more helpful.

I don't miss cold weather.

What have I been up to? I work around the house in my retirement, and play and sing Bluegrass Music every chance I get. I dream about the good ol' days.
I still motorcycle, but have become a fair-weather rider since I retired.

School Story

Everyone may remember this, but here goes:
John Rukavina was a great math teacher. He could be a comedian as well. This is the only funny story I remember him telling and after about 52 years, it may not be exact. Remember his facial feature similar to Jimmy Durante's? Anyway, he could speak Polish when stationed in Poland. In uniform on a public bus two ladies were talking about his large proboscis. He understood, so upon leaving the bus, he said his adieus to the ladies in perfect Polish. He told our Geometry class that they looked like they wanted to crawl under their seat. ha ha!

From the dictionary, for those with a limited vocabulary:
A proboscis /pro??b?s?s/ is an elongated appendage from the head of an animal, either a vertebrate or an invertebrate. In vertebrates, the term is used to describe an elongated nose or snout.

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Jun 27, 2021 at 4:33 AM
Jan 19, 2021 at 8:59 AM

A belated Happy Birthday wish from Donnie Williams. May you have many more BD's and stay safe and healthy.

Jun 27, 2020 at 4:33 AM
Jul 09, 2019 at 12:33 PM

Happy birthday. I hope all is well with you and Hal. I prepared a video for you, but you must use YouTube or Vimeo. I chose Vimeo, which I never used before. The audio is from my multi-tracking audio studio. When I sing along with it and make a video, the voice is slightly out of sync. In other words, don't expect a Hollywood production. Liz is on the washboard. I play bass, guitar and dobro. The banjo track was borrowed from YouTube. So-ooooooo..... Have a wonderful day. You'll never be this young again. Forget the fact that 73 is not the age of a spring chicken. You and Hal celebrate.

Joyce and I have been friends since elementary school. Today is her birthday and I wish her the best ever.
Jun 27, 2019 at 4:34 AM
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1960's Jackson High
Jun 27, 2018 at 4:33 AM
Jul 30, 2017 at 12:39 PM

Here's wishing you a healthy and happy birthday. And may you have many more to come.
Cheers, Donnie Williams

Jul 09, 2017 at 7:52 AM

I hope you have a wonderful day. Happy Birthday Joyce.

Jun 27, 2017 at 4:33 AM
Mar 28, 2017 at 12:33 PM

If anyone wishes to see a Cushman very much like Dickie's, I have added a photo to my photo gallery of a similar model with the same color scheme.

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Mar 28, 2017 at 9:22 AM
This photo of me and my 1960 Cushman Highlander is a b/w photo with color added to the scooter. NOTE: This looks very much like the Cushman Tommy Elam sold to George (Dickie) Vaughn.
Mar 23, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Dickie and I had a common interest in electronics, motorscooters and motorcycles. Tom Elam mentions the Cushman, which I knew really well. I helped Dickie do some major engine work, probably around 1962. Dickie was unusual, to say the least. He used to transmit a sound on his CB (yes, he was a ham and a CB operator) to aggravate people. He called it a Q-Bird and it chirped like a bird. I don't see an attachment symbol in this reply section, so I don't know that I can share what I believe to be a sound much like Dickie's Q-Bird. Another unusual thing Dickie did was purposely interfere with a neighbor's TV using some handheld device with an antenna on it. He would do this at night when he could see the TV through a living room window. Maybe I was as unusual as Dickie in my own way and that is why we were good friends until the last time I saw him at the 40th. It made me sad then to see signs of some mental changes. When he was hospitalized and I heard he did not want visitors, that was even sadder. Now I have mixed emotions. Sad - but relieved at his passing. I am going to try to find a way to share my imatation of Dickie's Q-Bird. ........Donnie 




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Jan 17, 2017 at 8:44 AM

Happy, happy birthday Judy!
Donnie Williams

Nov 11, 2016 at 8:06 AM

Thanks for serving. I did not know you were in Tampa. I am in Palm Bay Donnie

Jul 11, 2016 at 9:13 AM

Hey Don, You say "prepare and present the music" so I ask, Are You a musician?
Music has always been a major part of my life, whether listening or playing. I mostly play bluegrass, but listen to most everything. I was band leader, guitar player, lead and harmony vocalist and sound man in a bluegrass band for a while, but now I mostly jam at nursing homes and Alzheimer day cares. Jamming involves no stress. it is what it is!

Jul 09, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Hi Susan, Are the emails to remind us we have not updated profiles in 6 months automated or were you working on your 'puter at 5:30 AM?

I don't see a birthday in your profile info. Why is that?

Have a nice weekend. Donnie

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Jul 09, 2016 at 3:12 PM

Posted on: Jul 09, 2016 at 8:12 AM

Hi Joyce, I hope you have a wonderful day on this your SEVENTIETH birthday. Go celebrate all day long! That is my advice, and you know you should respect the advice of your elders. I am almost two weeks older than you, so I am your elder.

Friends for Life, Donnie

Jun 27, 2016 at 4:33 AM
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This photo of me and my 1960 Cushman Highlander is a b/w photo with color added to the scooter. NOTE: This looks very much like the Cushman Tommy Elam sold to George (Dickie) Vaughn.
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Ready for the beach here in Florida
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I'm thirsty, so a jug of shine comes in handy.
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Old age ain't for sissies, so I am grumpy
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