Thanks for Listening: My Energy Through the Years, by William Leroy Kennedy
Updated: May 3
At age 77, energy has become a more important word in my life. Whether it's energy that heats or cools my environment or energy needed to perform my daily tasks, I truly think about energy daily. My first encounter with creating energy as a young boy was I had to get up mornings to start a fire in our wood and coal burning heater stove. Moving to public housing and gaining gas heat in fifth grade significantly improved my relationship with energy. I drove vehicles from age thirteen in my dad's home-building business. He once bought six Studebakers from a government surplus auction. As I aged, automobile speed and power became increasingly important to me. By my senior year in high school, I had a 1957 Chevy, but they would not let me take it to my first year of college. My energy during my freshman year was what we jokingly called "Two In the Floor" or "Foot Power." I was miserable, but I probably made better grades without the distraction. My folks traded in the 1957 Chevy for a 1962 Chevy II that I drove until my aunt and uncle bought me a 1966 GTO during my junior year. Needless to say, it had way more power than I knew what to do with. I could get it to 100 mph on one of its three carburetors and then burn rubber by jumping in the other two. My next and most significant energy relationship was helping to test fire in the first stage of the moon rocket (S1C). During rocket firings, we used enough water to supply the city of Detroit for one day to cool down the exhaust flume. It was like creating a small earthquake. Most of the jobs during my career involved using lots of energy to produce and utilize products, from aerospace to the tire industry. My early years' almost effervescent personal energy has toned down over the years, but I still do very well for my age. So much of my energy is spent on writing, being politically active, and promoting educational and financial strategies. Hopefully, I will have had a real and positive impact on many individuals and families. Thanks for listening!
William Leroy Kennedy
Former Financial Services Professional at Kennedy Group, Ltd. – Financial/Motivation
Studied Architectural Engineering at Prairie View A&M University “Giving a strong recommendation: Khan Academy for educational succe