Optical Engineering • Open AccessEntrepreneur II: a Different Point of View
I graduated high school when I was 16 and it was not because I was all that bright. I had moved from Savannah, Georgia, to Memphis, Tennessee, which corresponded to states that required 24 and 18 high school credits to graduate, respectively. I moved at the end of my sophomore year, so I skipped 11th grade completely. So, there I was, 16 and out of school. I hated school at the time, and my father would not let me move to Hollywood to become an actor, so I lied about my age and became an orderly in a local hospital. There I met a registered nurse, we fell in love, and I was convinced I needed to get married. The wedding was scheduled for the month after I turned 18 years of age. My father was against it, and he told me I didn’t know what I was doing and to just wait some period of time. The marriage lasted only a few short years and I realized my father was right. No 18 year old young man listens much, especially to his father. I quickly tired of orderly work and went to school.