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Billy Joe Fudge: Let's be ready for the next time
The dramatic impact, first hearing the word "impromptu" in Norman Grant's FFA class, turned his life around, brought him out of the shadows, and gave him a new philosophy, perfect for the career he was born to follow. He wrote in a response to a request for a photo of his beloved 1972 VW Beetle, which he said was never the same after it lost one of its fender skirts.
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By Billy Joe Fudge, President, Homeplace on Green River
I was not too far removed from high school where in FFA I learned the word, "impromptu". Norman Grant read me like a book and put me on the path to recovery.
Changed my life.
Finally, there was a word which described me and it had, in my opinion, been coined to give credibility to a life lived in the shadows.
I hid there for years prior to this revelation because of a phobia pressed upon me by an organized world which drained every drop of confidence from me in its demand to play the music already written when all I ever wanted to do was write my own music and dance to my own tune.
So, at that time I took no pictures for I was way too busy making pictures.
In '72 I went to work as a Forest Ranger. It was all I ever wanted to do; fight fire that is!
Impromptuness is the prerequisite quality needed to not just survive as a "fire suppressionist" but to excel at it. I fought the dragon and won!
By Billy Joe Fudge
The past forty-three hours of constant hell
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