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10 Things You Don't Know About Me: Beverly Brown

by Community Manager ‎01-25-2016 09:40 PM - edited ‎02-24-2016 02:11 PM (1,297 Views)

I’m the last of our team to compile this list. As someone who keeps a low profile, this is a bit uncomfortable, but here goes.

 

1. After I cried during a first-grade math test, numbers and I were estranged through high school. An A in college statistics restored hope. I saw numbers doing something useful -- solving real-world problems. Becoming a competent SAS user is on my bucket list.

 

2. I can moonwalk.

 

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3. Carowinds gave me my first job. Loved. It. I spent two summers running the cable cars that whisked guests from one side of the park to the other. For three years, they let me run roller coasters, including White Lightnin'.

 

From my perch in the driver's booth, day after day, I spoke “Lightning…strikes…NOW!” into a mic. "Now" was the cue for me and a ride attendant several yards away to push buttons that catapulted riders 0 to 53 mph forward through a single loop. 

After a free fall backward through the loop, the train clattered back through the station, slowed on the raised back track, then rushed forward to an abrupt stop.

 

Some riders threw up. Some even made it to the exit ramp. So I gained valuable life skills, such as mopping up messes, cleaning restrooms and emptying trash cans.

 

White Lightnin' fans: last I heard, our favorite coaster moved to South Africa's Gold Reef City, where it operates as the Golden Loop. For old time's sake, take a spin, compliments of YouTube. Spielberg2.jpg

 

4. I was a newspaper reporter for eight years before joining SAS. Covered town councils and school boards, mostly. Some assignments are unforgettable, like Steven Spielberg filming "The Color Purple" in Marshville, N.C., riding a hot-air balloon and interviewing Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon.

 

The brush with Hollywood came right after I graduated from Wingate University. I looked forward to learning the craft of journalism in a quiet Union County town, but that wasn't to be. Days into my new job at the Union News & Home, we heard rumors that Spielberg had bought out all the businesses on S. White Street for several months so he could transform it into a movie set. I was on the phone to a Hollywood casting agent to find out who would be in the film. He took my call, but refused to answer my questions.

 

Everything came to light before long. We saw Spielberg tooling around town in a Chevette, his long hair spilling out from under a fedora. There were sightings of music mogul Quincy Jones and actors Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg. And a then-obscure Chicago talk show host named Oprah Winfrey.

 

5. In the early ‘90s, two-time Olympian Jack Bacheler was my running coach. Not because I was all that good (my best 5K is 18 minutes 30 seconds), but because he loved the sport so much, he generously shared his wisdom withjack-bacheler-with-shorter-08092011.jpg anyone committed enough to show up for all workouts and do what he said. All of my personal records were during his tutelage.


In the photo, Jack's the tall one on the left. The other fellow is Frank Shorter, a marathoner whom Jack coached to a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Jack placed ninth.

 

6. At a running camp in the N.C. mountains, I won the award for Most Comedic Fall. On a steep single-track trail, my toe caught a root, sending me airborne. I hit the ground and slid on my belly. Witnesses said the momentum flung my legs almost perpendicular to the ground. I staggered to my feet. Both knees were raw, but no bones were broken. Blood streaming down both legs, I ran the last two miles.

 

7. I lost more than 20 pounds using an iPhone app. SAS goes through several thousand pounds of M&M’s a year. For a while there, I consumed more than my share. I wasn't running much, either.

 

RonWood.PNG8. I got a selfie with Rolling Stone Ron Wood.

 

9. I direct traffic and park cars for Elevation Raleigh, a church of about 700 that started with 7 people around my kitchen table.

 

10. I’m thinking about gauging my ears.

Comments
by Community Manager
on ‎01-26-2016 08:35 AM

Love this list, @BeverlyBrown! You may have been the last team member to write one, but it was worth the wait!

by Super User
‎02-25-2016 06:56 AM - edited ‎02-25-2016 06:58 AM

You certainly snuck your 10 Things post through @BeverlyBrown! Fortunately for the Google Plus post I saw it.

 

Love what you wrote in your blog post at #7 "SAS analytics gives data a voice. When it speaks, you know what your options are."

 

What delightful adventures you've had! Thanks for sharing.

by Community Manager
on ‎02-25-2016 07:10 AM
I appreciate your kind comments, Michelle! My life's been a lot of things, but certainly not boring. Being at SAS and getting to know folks like you are among the best experiences.
by Super User
on ‎02-25-2016 07:18 AM

Awwwwww Smiley Embarassed

by Regular Contributor
on ‎03-22-2016 08:05 PM

Not sure how I missed this but thanks for telling me about it!  My funny roller coaster story - Grade 5 Graduation, class trip to MarineLand (sort of a Canadian version of Sea World).  My mom gave me $20 that was supposed to be for lunch, and she said she expected change (realised years later she was trying to teach me a lesson about restraint and finances).  I bought a large bag of Sour Cream and Onion popcorn and ate the whole thing in about 20 minutes, went on a roller coaster ride and well made one of those "messes" you had to clean up.  Funny enough, I'm still a huge fan of roller coasters but can't stand popcorn (except caramel corn).

 

Thanks for sharing - I know how hard it is to share personal stuff but it's appreciated Smiley Very Happy

by Community Manager
on ‎03-22-2016 10:01 PM
Oh no! What a memory. Remarkable your appreciation for coasters remains intact. I'm excited about Carowinds' newest: Fury325...over 3 minutes of topsy-turvy awesomeness. A maintenance guy posted video on Facebook today of his counterparts doing final safety checks before the park opens this weekend.
by Regular Contributor
on ‎03-23-2016 06:37 AM

I've not been to an amusement park in years - our biggest one (Canada's Wonderland) is a) kind of far b) overpriced and c) no one wants to go with me :-(

 

Ah well.  I'll have kids one day and show them the ways of the coaster!