When I was in High School, my sister helped me get a job for the City of Scottsdale.
It was at McCormick Rail Road Park and it was a great job. Most of all it introduced me to all types of wonderful people and helped me with what would be my career, although I had no idea at the time.
A guy named Guy.
Guy Stillman, was the step son Fowler McCormick, of International Harvester amongst many other investments. Guy believed strongly in working hard for money, with your hands, earn your living no matter what you had in the bank.
I recall many hot days
Working with guy's son and Grandson, changing rail road ties at the part. Guy had donated the train at the park, it was a working train at his ranch in Scottsdale. His parents, the McCormick's, had donated the park itself to the city of Scottsdale. Guy become the park's benefactor.
Guy was a simple man.
If you looked at guy you would never guess he was wealthy. He was weathered, wore a blue denim shirt, hat and dockers most days. Drove an 1980's model Chevy Scottsdale Pick Up Truck, not even the best model when it was new. No one to look at him would ever guess he was a millionaire many times over.
Guy believed in the Homestead act and lived it.
While guy came from a wealthy background, he believed in earning your own way. He did so through homesteading an farming. He was a Realtor, an engineer and most important to me a great role model. He would tell stories of Real Estate, how to make money with it and the wonderful opportunities only found in America. Guy passed on in 1995, While I personally new very little of him, there is hardly a day that passes I do not think of him. Thanks Guy.