Resident Spotlight: Landon Smith

Posted by Kia Crawford on July 2nd, 2014 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

I grew up in:  

Charlotte, NC.

Some of my favorite memories from childhood are:

  • I was a showman from the very beginning and had lots of friends.
  • Riding my motorbike and delivering newspapers.  This is how I earned money for the motor used on the bike.
  • I became a magician at the age of 12 years old and performed at city schools, churches and birthday parties.


Some of my favorite memories from adulthood are:

  • Meeting my wife Izzie in Greensboro, NC.  We dated for about 18 months and I wanted to get married soon but she didn’t so we put if off for awhile.
  • Raising my two girls.
  • Being a magician.  I learned to never, ever, give away the secret of a trick.  I was self-taught.
  • Painting pictures in acrylics.


My Profession(s):

I joined the Navy a few weeks short of 18 years old and served for three years during peace time in Pearl Harbor.

I was an electronics technician with AT&T in Greensboro, NC.  Thinking I could make it in my own business, I left after several years and grew flowers on the 45 acres we owned.  I drove a truck with the flowers from florist to florist selling these flowers at a better rate than most wholesalers.  Eventually I went back to work as an electronics technician, working for GE.  I obtained my FCC license and worked with microwave radio systems.

U.S. Historical event memories:

I witnessed personally the one and only explosion of the “H” bomb.  I was on a ship 30 miles away and we saw an unbelievable flash and saw the cloud.  This was so powerful we could feel the heat from the explosion.


The accomplishments I feel most proud of would be:

When I received my FCC license.

The lessons I have learned in life to share with someone just graduating college:


Set goals and don’t give up.

What I have learned in life and wish to share with someone just starting a family is:

To consider everything and don’t start a family too soon.


I chose Dogwood Forest of Alpharetta because:

My daughter liked the building, the location, the activities and the feeling  that I can maintain the same rights as in “independent” living.


I enjoy Dogwood Forest as my home because of:

The food, the  activities, and the residents are friendly and make me feel at home.

My favorite part of living at Dogwood is:

All of the above!


My best friends at Dogwood are:

None yet.  I have been here a week.