About Leonard Jackson
As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue.
Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today.
In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged.
The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career.
Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market.
Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX
Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO.
The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity.
In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home.
And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating.
But especially important to me is this opportunity to comment on the events of the day. If our once great nation continues on its present path I’m afraid the final results will not be pleasant. I would hate for my progeny to look back on the demise of this country and be ashamed that old Grandpa didn’t see what was happening. With these humble screeds I will, at least, let them know that I tried to get someone’s attention.
By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.