Resident Spotlight: Patrick J. Lennon (Pat)
on January 16th, 2012 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments
Where did you grow up?
The Bronx in New York City.
What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?
Playing sports – I ran track and played basketball in school. The kids in the neighborhood played stickball in the streets. We wrapped tape around a broom handle and used it as a bat. The police would come and take away our “bats” and then once a year we could go to the station and pick them up. We played baseball in a field near Yankee Stadium. We could hear the cheers from the stadium as we played.
I loved the New York Yankees. I never saw Babe Ruth play, but my brother and I went to his wake in Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle was my favorite player and I saw him play.
My first car was a 1937 Ford. I painted it myself with regular blue paint. It looked terrible, but I didn’t care.
What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?
My career in the FBI. I worked on the assassination of Martin Luther King and a little on the Atlanta Olympic bomber. The FBI had a policy that if we arrested someone in their home with children present, we wouldn’t handcuff the person until we were outside. We didn’t want that image for the children.
I loved watching my sons wrestle in high school and college. I enjoyed wrestling so much that I started referring, but never for a match where my sons competed.
Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do?
An Agent for the FBI. I arrested fugitives, kidnappers, bank robbers, etc.
Do you remember what was happening in your life during a significant event in US history such as WWII, Vietnam, Woodstock or any other historical events?
When President Kennedy was assassinated, I was there working on the street. After he was shot, we immediately started working to find the assassin.
Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?
My 25 years in the FBI.
Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college?
Give everything a shot. Don’t settle for the first job that comes along.
Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?
Be honest and truthful at all times. If you say you’re going to do something, then do it.
What brought you to senior living at Dogwood Forest Alpharetta? Or Why did you choose Dogwood Forest?
My daughter brought me here. We liked what we saw here and it’s close to her house.
How do you enjoy Dogwood Forest as your new home?
I have no complaints.
What is your favorite part of senior living at Dogwood Forest Alpharetta?
Getting to meet different people.
Who is your best friend at Dogwood?
I don’t really have a best friend here. I’m close to the people at my table in the dining room.