March 4 – Happy Birthday Bud Barnett

592449Back in the early 1960’s, I was surrounded by the Barnett boys at Guy Park Avenue School. None were my age or in my class, but every time you came out a door or turned a corner in that old school building, you seemed to run into one. And fifty years later I remember very clearly what nice kids those brothers were, especially the two oldest boys who were closest to me in age.

A few years later I entered Lynch Senior High and during the three years I attended that school I think I saw my guidance counselor a total of four times. Now granted, I wasn’t the most attentive or conscientious student back in those days but I do remember that unlike me, a few of my friends had this lady named Marget Barnett as their counselor and they’d actually make it a point to meet and talk with her about all kinds of problems and issues several times per year. A dozen years later when I served on the Greater Amsterdam Board of Education I had the opportunity to observe and hear about her outstanding professionalism from a different perspective. If there was a Hall of Fame for Guidance Counselors, Marget Burnett would be a charter member.

Which brings me to today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog celebrant, Lauren “Bud” Barnett. Here’s a guy who was born and raised in Amsterdam, served his country in WWII and was almost killed doing it…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam native in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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