"Life is a Story" ~ Continues ~ Chapter II

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894
"Life is a Story" February challenge post is inspired by Carol Williams  and co-host Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker. This post adds another chapter to last May's contest challenge  "Life is a Story" ~ Born to Sell.

                                                                                                T.W. FERGUSON
My passion to blog was an inherited trait from my Grandfather Thomas W. Ferguson who penned a number of books. "Home on the Yadkin" is the story of the origins of my Mother's side of the family in Wilkes County North Carolina. He also published "Spring Board to Optimism" and the story of Tom Dooley , who is buried on the farm in Ferguson, NC. The Kingston Trio made the story famous with their rendition of the folk song "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley"

T.W. Ferguson was born in 1888 and lived to be 101 years old. My well founded interest in history came from the many fascinating stories he would tell.

When visiting Ferguson my Father, Earl Jr , and my Grandfather were on opposite ends of the political spectrum and would have heated debates. This was the origin of the political junkie in me. My Dad made sure our family visited our first cousins in North Carolina and his Sister's family in Maine on an annual basis. He instilled in us how important it is to have a tight family bond. In the 1960's & 70's he would load our family in a motor home and explore the USA. These trips that crisscrossed the states are memories I'll cherish forever. 

By the time I finished high school 49 states visited were checked off. I attended "Prospect Hall" , a small Catholic school located in a large historic mansion built in 1787  . My high school years provided me a solid foundation for the future. The class of 1981 had 34 graduates and this past summer we celebrated our 40th reunion with 17 class mates in attendance.
After high school I attended High Point College. Now a University the campus does not resemble High Point College of 1981 which had a student body of 1,200. I visited High Point University in 2007 and was amazed at the transformation of the campus. My Wife said "There are more fountains than Rome!" My 8th grade daughter Jessica said "This is where I want to go to school!" ( Yes she ultimately did and graduated in 2016.)
While the University has grown tremendously the values of the College I attended remain the same. Nido Qubein the current President sums up the values instilled in this short You Tube clip.
I majored in History / Political Science and met many life long friends. The experiences at HPC taught me to live and work with many personalities and people from different backgrounds. This was the ideal place to prepare for my future in real estate sales.
At High Point College I would also meet a fellow classmate who would become my best friend and future Wife , Melissa Duncan. We never dated until after we both graduated in 1985. We were married in 1992 and for our honeymoon we went to Hawaii which coincidentally checked off my 50th state visited. 

Comments (26)

Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Great time for you. My graduation class was 714 in 1966. My dad was in the Army before that....So we lived several places...My kids and grandkids several years ago.12-25...

Feb 07, 2022 06:15 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Eric Bouler you have a beautiful family. I'm sure you have an interesting story to tell living the life of an Army brat and moving from place to place.

Feb 07, 2022 08:00 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Great tale of the roots. That's a lot of states to have visited.  I have been to a lot and should start the count.

Feb 07, 2022 07:13 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Ed Silva thanks for reading my story. Our great country has many fascinating places to visit and so much to see.

Feb 07, 2022 08:06 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Buzz,
I love your story. 49 states by the time you graduated from high school? That's impressive!  I've never actually counted the states (or countries) I have visited but it's quite a few and still counting.

Thanks so much for your entry into the Challenge. 

Feb 07, 2022 07:40 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

 Carol Williams following your "Epic Road Trip" this past summer reminded me of the many places I visited when I was younger. Thanks so much for hosting this months challenge!

Feb 07, 2022 08:22 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I enjoyed learning  more about you Buzz Mackintosh - I certainly hope to visit more states. You should be nicknamed, "The Traveling Man." 49 states before graduation must be a record. 

Feb 07, 2022 08:48 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

 Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I was very fortunate my father loved to travel, however after WWII he never liked to fly any where. So we either traveled in a station wagon , motor home or by cruise ship.

Feb 07, 2022 10:41 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Buzz Mackintosh - You have an amazing past! Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley was one of my favorite songs. I sang it all the time with siblings and friends! I love that diversity was party of your life, you traveled extensively, and that your grandfather and father were on different sides of the fence. I'm sure there were many interesting conversations when the family got together! Then to follow in their footsteps, you majored in history and political science. That's awesome! What beautiful photographs of your family and you and your wife in Hawaii! So many lovely memories you shared with all of us, I was pleased to read it all! Buzz, you ARE amazing!

Also, I went to a small all girl Catholic High School, very diverse and everybody knew your name. The High Point University speech was excellent! Thank you for sharing!

Feb 07, 2022 11:52 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  Nido Qubein , The President of HPU, is ranked as the #6 motivational speaker in the world and it is very captivating when you hear him speak. He also has a very amazing life story.

Feb 07, 2022 03:37 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Buzz:

I really enjoyed your story, and all the photos. What a fascinating history.

I was pretty impressed that you have visited 50 states - I think I could count around 35!!


Feb 07, 2022 12:31 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

As we get older, it is those old vintage photos that become a testament to our lives, and are precious treasure.

Feb 07, 2022 01:12 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Jeff Dowler, CRS  & Myrl Jeffcoat my father also loved to take pictures and left us with many picture albums chronicling our family history & many trips.

Feb 07, 2022 03:42 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Buzz, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 07, 2022 01:13 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow such an interesting family history Part 2 Buzz!  Love it! So you came to blogging naturally via your Grandfather, that is so cool. You're so fortunate that your family appreciated traveling and exploring. Mine was the same (sans the camping) but you've got me beat by at least 15 or so states. It's great that your daughter ended up graduating from the same college both you and Melissa.  Lots of great history!


Thanks for your entry into the February contest Buzz!

Feb 07, 2022 01:29 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

 Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker our family has a long history at High Point. Two of my older Brothers besides my Wife & I attended HPC. My God son is currently attending HPU. My Nice and one of my Daughters attended HPU. It is a truly an amazing campus that continues to be extraordinary !

Feb 07, 2022 03:51 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

I will keep this in mind.  Our grandkids are fast approaching college age and it's a challenge finding excellent colleges these days.  Thanks for the info Buzz!

Feb 07, 2022 04:36 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Buzz, for sharing some of your interesting personal story.

Feb 08, 2022 05:41 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thanks Roy Kelley for reading and the comment !

Feb 08, 2022 12:31 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Buzz and thanks for sharing your chapter with us here in the Rain.  Always like catching up on others!


Feb 08, 2022 07:47 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I always enjoy catching up and reading other members personal stories also. Thanks for taking the time to read Will Hamm !

Feb 08, 2022 12:42 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Rocky.

Our local CVS pharmacy is handing out free packages of 20 N95 masks. You may wish to pick up a supply.

Feb 10, 2022 04:37 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Buzz- I loved reading your story!  And I too am amazed at your having traveled to all 50 states!!!!  

Feb 10, 2022 05:33 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

 Kathy Streib  I was very fortunate that my Father loved to travel. There were a lot of road trips in my younger years and the only State I went to by plane was Hawaii !

Feb 11, 2022 03:13 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Buzz the boy and Buzz the man do not disappoint. Thank you for being you

Feb 18, 2022 11:13 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Richie Alan Nagga thanks for reading and the inspiration for this months challenge !

Feb 18, 2022 11:40 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You continue to be the BUZZ...that's all I know

Feb 18, 2022 11:14 AM