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Robert (Bob) Hunt

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
I have two: (1) Nothing will happen unless you make it happen (this was from my brother, Richard–he ended up being a millionaire). (2) When your expenses are greater than your income, don’t cut down on your expenses, increase your income (this was from a gangster who hung out in one of the bars on the corner of California St. & Hyde St in San Francisco–I don’t know how he ended up).

How about the worst?
Try snowboarding.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
In high school my teacher, Hazel Brazelton (who years later became my stepmother) asked me that question. I said I wanted to be like my father (he owned Hunt’s Variety Store in Decorah) and own my own business.

What do/did you do?
In a nutshell, I went to Coe College for about 1½ years on an athletic scholarship (I majored in football and track) , enlisted in the US Navy and was on submarines for the majority of my service, worked in various jobs until I purchased Hunt’s Variety (the business and the building) from my father in 1950, closed the business in 1970 and sold the building to Community 1st Bank, was Park-Rec. Director from 1970 to 1980, retired in 1981, have been a factory rep for park and playground equipment along with being a ski instructor since, am in the process of publishing my first and only book “We Were Pirates” about my time served in the navy during WWII.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?
A bottle of whiskey, some mixed nuts, and possibly a beautiful blonde to keep me company.

Try to describe yourself in one sentence.
Stubborn, adventurous, a talker, and sometimes crotchety.

If you could eat anything every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A hot fudge sundae (with a pina colada chaser)

Name one thing you could not live without.

Multiple choice: tell us about… Your wedding day.
My brother (and best man) borrowed my car to go fishing that day–needless to say he was late and kept my wife to be, Barb, and her bridesmaid waiting for their ride (us).

It was a mad dash to get to the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. where we said our “I dos” rather hastily, rang the bell, and went on our “married” way.

Your first job:
Salesman and truck driver for Coca Cola in Decorah

Your Favorite Memory:
Serving on a submarine during WWII in the Pacific

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