I left Apsley in 1966 after poor A Levels and became an
articled clerk to an accountant in Hemel. Persevered in
accounting for as long as I could bear it then was 'saved' just in
time when I moved into General Management. Started first
'own business' in 1978 and ended up with three partners running a
great big IT services company. Ended up as a suit on the
board of a few PLC's and retired in 1998 at the age of 50.
Still dabble a bit in business when I can't avoid it.
Married Gill, my childhood sweetheart, in 1967. We met at
the age of about 13 when I was a Scout and she was a Guide.
She went to Hemel Grammar and I even managed to get engaged to her
whilst still at school! Gill is my best friend and has done
all she can to keep me on the straight and narrow - well nearly.
We are soon to celebrate our 36th anniversary. We have lived
in Hemel, Dunstable, Boxmoor, Bovingdon, Hemel and now in
Frithsden near Berkhamsted. Daughter, Nicola (35), Son,
Nigel (30), Grandsons Sam (9) and Tom (6). My Mum still
lives in Hemel and at the ripe old age of 82 is still very active.
My dad died about 20+ years ago in an accident at work.
With time on my hands I have had great fun tracking down old
school friends and acquaintances. I suppose I've
got a bit sad really but it will pass.
Ron, Baz Stepto, Pete Currell & Dave Hill in 1964
Just look at
those hairstyles. Notice all the ties are on the wrong way
around so as to look different.
[16 Jan 2002]
Ron in 1964
Either the fourth or
fifth year? Trying so hard to look 'cool' I
remember having to borrow someone's blazer for this
picture as mine was by this time non-regulation. It
was black instead of blue and had an easily removable
school badge on the pocket. The tie would have been
reversed so that the fat end was tucked inside the shirt
and the thin end showed. Hair was without Brylcreem and seems to be combed forward.
Probably at start of the 'Mod' phase about the time that the
Beatles started. I have probably got a mouth organ
hidden in my top pocket to play along with 'Love Me Do'.
Out of view, under the table, would probably be severely
faded regulation grey trousers and possible a pair of desert
boots dyed blue.
Take away the hair,
add a moustache, beard, add spectacles and an extra two chins and
generally expand by about 5 stone - and that's what I look