James Eichenlaub

Profile Updated: July 15, 2019
James Eichenlaub
James Eichenlaub

Then

James Eichenlaub

Now

Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Ormond Beach, FL USA
Spouse/Partner:

Catherine (Halton) Eichenlaub

Homepage: www.oakleaves.me
Occupation: Retired
Children: Joseph, born Dec 1967 (Senior Systems Tech, Gray Communications, GA)
Jeffrey, born Oct 1971 (Vice More…President of Business Development, SMB Dynamics, CO)
Joel, born Dec 1976 (Teacher ... 4th grade, Tallahassee, FL)
Darcy, born May 1980 (VP Accounting and Finance, KeyHRO, FL)
Military Service: U.S. Navy - Petty office 2nd Class, Avionics  
Nickname(s)while at AAHS:

Jim

Grandchildren:

Sebastian
Haleigh
Dylan
Joseph
Brendan
Evan

Anniversary:

Married Kate Halton, class of 70, Feb 8, 1971

Updates and Life Events

Bachelor's degree Business Administration: Flagler College, FL 2004
Master's of Science - Computer Technologies: Florida Institute of Tech. 2014

December 31, 2017, retired from Verizon Wireless

50th Wedding anniversary, Feb 8, 2021

Comments:

Left Altoona in 1976 after the economy collapsed and began working for/with Randall Closson in Panama City, FL. After the insurance business, I returned to the communications business from which I retired after 25 years of service in as a computer analyst and information technology manager. Survivor of four mergers beginning in 1992 when Sprint purchased Centel Cellular, it was an interesting road trip from which I have happily returned to this planet and began living life once again.

School Story:

Left high school during senior year to enlist in the U.S. Navy. Completed school aboard ship and received my diploma while at sea in the North Atlantic. Served aboard several aircraft carriers including the USS Intrepid, and the USS Independence as an air-antisubmarine avionics technician with squadron VS-31 out of Quonset Point, RI, and later out of Jacksonville, FL. Enlisted August 1, 1969, and honorably discharged, Aug 1, 1974.

Junior High School Attended:

Keith Jr. High (John Latoe remembers me)

Elementary School Attended:

Wright Elementary (the old one) "Thank you Mr Farris"

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Jan 14, 2020 at 10:15 AM

To my old buddy Ralph Z. who passed on in 19, and whom I hope passed gently into that good night: I bid you adieu and au revoir old friend. So many of us fading away in groups of six, nine, and this year past, twelve. You know you've reached old age when you begin to feel somewhat envious of those who pass on before you.

Yes...we (my wife and I) live in a 55+ village here in south Florida, like so many other retirees, and although we are in relatively 'good health' (visits to the gym, walking, eating healthy, etc.), still, there are no guarantees, are there? The woman from whom we purchased this home was in her 90's when she sold it to us. She and her husband purchased it when they were in their sixties, the same as us, but four years after retirement the doctors discovered a glioblastoma (brain tumor) in her husband, and he died shortly thereafter. So, no guarantees, right?

The point is, we take what we're given and enjoy all that we can. The real life does not begin until the next one. "“...for in that sleep of death what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause. There's the respect that makes calamity of, so long life.”

So, adieu and au revoir, to all those old friends and acquaintances. We hope to meet again one day. That's a class reunion that you REALLY look forward to!

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Oct 14, 2019 at 4:14 PM
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Jul 18, 2019 at 9:40 AM

Posted on: Jul 13, 2019 at 11:12 AM

A couple images of the 'old school' that we attended, taken from the Internet years ago. The one with the line of people, if I recall correctly, was a line of people waiting for the measles vaccination.

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Jul 11, 2019 at 10:19 PM

Posted on: Jul 08, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Having lived through Don McLean's, American Pie, we are a generation the likes of which will never be seen again, as they say. Our school years were, without doubt, our 'formative' years, and for myself...as one who does NOT recall those year with fondness, I say to all those who belittled, punched, slapped, ignored, laughed at, and ridiculed me: I thank you!

To those few whom I do fondly remember (Randy, Ralph, and Will) I say thank you as well, you made those last few year tolerable enough, and there were so many others I knew only in passing; those to whom I was just another kid in school and who generally ignored me; I thank you for not being unkind.

A special thanks to Ted P., who tried to bring me up in stature and style but was unable to rescue me from my darkness. To Fred C., who was a giant among students and who often kept the bullies off of me, and to Amy D. (with whom I had a torrid love affair, but she never knew about it because we never spoke to one another), and to whom I looked forward to passing in the hall and would walk as near to her as I possibly could, and scurried away when she looked in my direction.

We can attribute our successes and failures, to some degree, on those years we spent together. To some, the happiest years of their lives, to others, just a passing mirage of friendships where hearts and minds connected with one another to form this succession of timeless acquaintances. To some few of us, however; it was a time when we were convinced that we lived outside the norm and standard; the small, the inept, the presumed indolent whose lives sprung from poverty and lacked erudition.

Finally, to Mr. Butler who, during orientation, convinced me that high school was not for me when he said, “Eichenlaub…another dropout like the rest of your lazy family,” setting the tone with which I would attend to the next few years of my ‘learning’. But, as it turns out, those words echoed in my mind through all these years and actually became a proponent of my success. Thank you Mr. Butler.

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Jul 15, 2019 at 7:25 AM

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