Meet Peachtree Corners resident LC Johnson once and it is pretty much a given you won’t forget him. From his engaging smile to his firm handshake, LC can capture the attention of the smallest child to the most imposing person in the room. Catching someone’s attention for the purpose of engaging them in a conversation is LC’s number one tool for getting things done. And, LC gets things done around Gwinnett County.
When LC entered into his eightieth year, he decided it might be time to create some kind of record of the toolset he had developed throughout his four distinct “tours of duty”. The idea of writing his memoirs began with a newspaper article about his “final tour” work as a civic and social servant in Gwinnett County. The book, Still A Soldier, would be published two years later.
“That saying, ‘If I knew then, what I know now…’ holds very true,” says LC. “This book is sort of a guide for people finding their way at just about any point in life…and I can say that because I am older than most of my readers!”
Still A Soldier offers stories and anecdotes of LC’s life and times spanning from his younger days on the family cotton farm, through his more than twenty years in the United States Air Force, beyond his years of service to the public school system, and on into a “retirement” that has kept him busy as a civic and social activist. “I serve on many different boards here in Gwinnett,” says LC. “Remaining active and applying the tools I gathered from my experiences keeps me young at heart and allows me to maybe pass on a little wisdom.”
Each chapter begins with a bible verse that applies to the chapter topic and ends with a “Most Valuable Tool” statement redefining one of the many tools LC has honed for the purpose of getting things done. One of the highlights of the book is a selection of conversations by many notables in both Gwinnett and throughout the world describing just how LC convinces people to get behind a cause or idea. “Getting people to talk together and solve problems so progress can happen gets a little difficult sometimes,” says LC. “Just starting a conversation leads to movement one way or another, but at least there is movement!”
Still A Soldier holds the promise of the kind of wisdom that, developed from a world of experiences, is applicable for any reader. Most specifically, military personnel, educators, and those serving in the civic and social arenas will find Still A Soldier offers solid advice for achieving goals delivered with the same engaging countenance one would find when meeting LC Johnson in person.
Connect with LC via his Facebook Page: LC Johnson or at stillasoldier.wordpress.com. Still A Solider is available on Amazon.