Thomas F Kennedy - Fine Artist

Thomas F Kennedy

Mineral Wells, TX - United States

 
 
 

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Thomas F Kennedy

Mineral Wells, TX - United States

Thomas F Kennedy - Fine Artist

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AUTHOR, ARTIST, MUSICIAN, SONG WRITER (HOPELESS ROMANTIC)

I HAVE RECENTLY AUTHORED A HARDBACK BOOK, 'THE 1ST AND LAST TRUTH' Look for it at LULU.com. Amazon,Barnes and Noble

My art, book ,music, and beliefs do not accept any religions!

At age 41 I found documentation that I was born just outside of Twin Cities Georgia, as R.H. Donaldson.
February 10th, in the year of 1941. I was concieved by two wonderful people caught up in,
at times, destitute surroundings of World War II.
My name was changed to Thomas Forsyth Kennedy. I left Metter ,Georgia and somehow ended up in Texas, in a home for misplaced children and unwed mothers, Thissle Hill on Pensylvania Ave, in Ft. Worth, Texas. Their I stayed for about four years until age 5.
J and J Kennedy who, together, 'adopted' me at age 9 months, divorced during the years I stayed at Thissle Hill.
I was under Dad's care and authority when he re-maried to another lady named J. in 1945, to be my new mom.
In late 1945 I left Pensylvania Ave. and found my permanent home at the Farm in Saginaw. The Home Farm was
adjacent to theAircraft buisness Dad had built during the 30's and 40's, Globe Aircraft Corporation.
My new Father J. Kennedy employed about 600 people and was much into the aircraft buisness.The Globe Swift was designed and built there at the large assembly plant in Saginaw. At this writing(2009) the Swift is hanging in the Smithsonian, as of last year. Dad was also involved in the war effort building aircraft.Then the classic stock scare and take-over occured in 1947. Dads best efforts were to no avail. Globe closed it's doors because of the greed of some, and the trust of a good man.
The new leadership of Globe, after a short 90 days, could not find financing to continue. The Government shut the door to any financing that did not include J. Kennedy....The bankrupcy in 1947 was devastating to the old 'Scotsman'. Mother and Dad had no cash so they started selling off tracts of the farm and that bit of cash flow continued to partially support them for some 30 years.
I arrived at the Farm and was in awe of the plant ,the Kennedy Farm , the horses we attended to and showed, and the chrystal clear lake and creek , there on the place. Up until the bankrupcy in 1947 Dad had trainers , yardmen, housekeepers and private nurses, all attending to the Farm and it's operations.Then just before turning 7 it all came to an end. I was thrown head long into the duties of training horses, maintainence and up keep of a very large farm. There I aquired a very usable work ethic.
During Those Saginaw Elementry years I walked to school and back most of the time. I worked hard as a child . I played hard, up and down the Little, and Big Fossil Creeks and at the crystal clear pond.
But questions started to come to me in my teen years; questions that would not be answered until age 41, 1982 ??????????
1959.................... after attending Saginaw elementary, I attended Northside High School. My interests there were drafting, wood and metal shop. Three months before graduation, and a few days before my 18th birthday Dad signed for me, and I entered the United States Army and left for basic training in Arkansas. After basic I went to Heavy Equipment Maintenance School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
I went to Strategic Army Command training at Fort Lewis Washington, and then was shipped to the
DMZ Police Company patroling the border between North and South Korea.......
After 13 months of intense ' Hell ' in Korea, I came back to Texas, and there earned a diploma
from the Ft. Hood N C O Academy.
After a series of testings I received one of the most valuable awards given to an infantry soldier, for proficiency,,The EIB, the Expert Infantryman's Badge.(Blue Rifle)...
I also completed my High School equivalency, and part of my college GED.
After much specialized training at Fort Hood Texas, I was discharged honorably in March of 1962.
1962...............That year, early on, I married the love of my life, Linda .
My first job out of the military, was with the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Fort Worth. I was a commissioned instructor, and was awarded the American Bronze Standard for ballroom dancing. I worked at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio on Camp Bowie Blvd.
I attended North Texas State University at Denton Texas and started an effort toward a graphic arts major.
During school I worked at J. and L. Tank Co. as a drop hammer operator, prep and painter.
I worked as a sacker, stocker, and cashier at A L Davis food store.
1963................ this year I hired on as a sales representative with Olmstead Kirk paper company ,selling wholesale accounts in Fort worth.
Financial pressures caused me to leave NTSU This was back when there were no education loans.
Rebuilt a small frame house on Dads farm, and started again trying to fulfill the responsibilities of taking care of my folks on a personal level as well as upkeep to the Farm .For many years I worked full time and tried as best as I could to help Mom an Dad in attending to the Farm. Dad, in his 70s, Mom was in her 50s; I was the one they had to count on.
Linda was a great help with her empathy toward my folks. A loyal partner until 1979
I worked for Tomlinson electric Co. working in residential and commercial electrical applications.
1964............. took a position with general dynamics, Fort Worth as a tool maker on the F111 swing wing program. That job took me to bunker Hill Air Force base in Peru Indiana and involved work on the B 58 bomber program.
I became a Master Mason
1965.................. started with Bell Helicopter, in sub assembly and finally in quality control.
My oldest son Daniel Vincent was born that year August 20.
I had my first major back surgery this year at Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital.
Before the year was over I was working at S B Carpet, Fort Worth.
The name was changed later that year, and I found myself working for D carpet supermarket, in sales and mgt.
1967................. I worked for Kenneth D designer, on one of their drafting tables, as a residential design draftsman.
1968.............. found a job with E A motor Co. Fort Worth, selling cars and trucks, new and used. Later that year I went back to work for S B carpet in sales and management.
1969................my youngest son John Jay was born March 21.... then the second back surgery took place.
That year worked with the T and V company, in a partnership selling radio and TV spots
1970..........I started Saginaw motor Co. buying and selling used cars........................
started a company called Marketing Systems, consulting to the carpet industry. 1st account in Mass.
1972..........Third major back surgery ... surgical mistake repaired........
I worked to set up a new company whose name was Met Carpets.......... went to work for B Carpet , initiated and organized most carpet operations.............................hernia surgery at Fort Worth Osteopathic .
1973....................Acquired Texas Real Estate License...........major tonsilectomy.............. attended self-motivation Institute......... began writing songs and music with a vocal and guitar........performed a single act on the Stockyards....J High Country Music Review..... sold homes for Colony Homes, new and pre-owned property, residential and commercial, as well as planning residential projects.
1976........................ attended Rhema B T Center, in preparation for the Christian ministry...... part time sporting-goods sales....... worked as assistant pastor at a Place Of Worship, in Fort Worth.........
worked for D McCalman plumbing, general and slab leaks.
1977...................K & S manufacturing..... welding, lay out, construction, maintenance and quality control.
1978......... at Brumbaugh carpet I organized and maintained wholesale apartment service programs in Dallas and Ft. Worth, while being salesperson,credit manager, and setting up service procedures.......Started taking pilot instruction in a Cessna 170. Completed 10 hours of instruction.
1980....... the mother of my two children Linda, left. I Retained custody of my boys apprx. ages 11 &14.
Married P Givens, and divorced within three months........... sold insurance and savings plans in six states.
1981.....discovered my Georgia family ...Donaldson's and Watson's...... left my Christian ministry permanently.
I found my self substituting stubornness for faith, and discovered that what I believed in so very deeply, was all about money!
1982............ that year completed approximately 26 years of service to my parents as I furnished upkeep and maintenance, and personal care, to them, and to their home and grounds, while living in Saginaw.
Married F. Connally.............. moved to Georgia to be around my newly found family. Meeting my natural Dad, Rawleigh was a dream come true.I got to know him for about a year, and he made his transition. Meeting my natural mother was a very negative experience, as she did not want to be identified with me , at all. ........... and let it be known for over a decade , until she died. managed a Tasty Freeze Restaurant
I was hired in to management at R equipment, an A Chalmers dealership........ it was the first time that I ever had been fired from a job.(loud mutual exchange)
Worked for Youngblood Ford, new and used cars, Statesboro Georgia........ move to northern Georgia, to Dalton...... worked for carpet contractor R Cockburn.
Tufting machine operator.................. electrical and plumbing work....... I had my own radio program on W. R. C. D. and entertained with music at the Texan Restaurant.
Taught ballroom dancing at Parker Dance Studio, an Arthur Murray affiliate in Dalton
1984........... set up a new carpet operation for L Brumbaugh, in Dalton Georgia..... moved back home to Fort worth and operated a leather Gallery for L. Brumbaugh.
1985.......... divorced F Connally......... met Ria Thompson, and she became a 14 year relationship.......... went to work for Tandy Corp. in their business products division selling computer hardware and software and computer systems; acquiring American Airlines, Lennox industries and Bell helicopter as new customers for Tandy Corp.
I was fired from my position by J Roach CEO of Tandy Corp. and he took over my customers and absorbed my commisions. !
1987............ sold home electronics at Macduff Electronics
1988............ went back to work for L Brumbaugh in retail carpet.
1989................. got a job at B Boots and Jeans....... sales and management.
1990.............. I moved to Branson Missouri........
performed Country Music with Ria.....music, entertainment and songwriting.....
1993.............. I built a beautiful log house, on four acres , 7 miles out of Branson Missouri
1994.............. did our first $1000 gig in Dodge city Kansas..... played stashleys restaurant most of the year.... released our first music album called
'Hopeless Homantic' that year........ maintenance manager at Bob Evans restaurant........ married Ria..... Ria and I were music directors at Unity Church of the Ozarks.
1995............. worked in maintenance part-time at the Grand Palace.......worked in maintenance at the Yellow Ribbon Theater. in Branson we played on the average 103 gigs per year.
1997 .........Ria and I took our first cruise to the Caribbean
That year I completed my 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Masonry / and earned my Shrine credentials......
1998.............. Ria and I vacationed to Honolulu, Hawaii...three months later we moved to the big Island of Hawaii.
Sold our beautiful log house in Branson........ I started painting with oils at the Holuaaloa Art Center on Hawaii.
We became music director's at Unity Church, Kona....... started making native style baskets and selling our art prints at the major hotels.
We experienced our second cruise on a ship called the Independance....... I did a seven month consulting job for the Bank of Hawaii, ref. Western Pacific Corp.
2000............ early in the year I came home to Fort worth after a divorce from Ria.... went back to work for
L Brumbaugh, carpet sales...
I bought a mess hall at the Fort Wolters industrial complex, in Mineral Wells Texas...... started remodeling the building by myself.
2002............. opened the Energy Exchange....... sharing metaphysical truth...... met my dance partner and companion of five years J Lambert.
2003............. part-time work at Wal-Mart............. went on my third cruise on Norwegian Sea...... to Cozumel, Cancun, belize, Honduras, and Raton with J. Lambert.
2006............ left Wal-Mart....... consulted with L Brumbaugh in regard to his business affairs....... ending in December, after 6 mos.
2007............. I worked for a year at Armor Storage in maintenance.
2008.....married P Thorpe and it lasted five months..went to work as assistant to the head engineer at Ventamatic.
An open heart surgery took place in January... repaired two birth defects... a hole between the two main chambers of the heart, and a prolapsed mitral valve....a pig valve was transplanted. No heart disease was discovered.
Was hired by the state of Texas to work at Mineral Wells State Park , as a maintenance assistant
2009............ Dan My oldest son and I visited our Donaldson family in Georgia. Sept. 2009
Spent Christmas and New Years with the family.
Rela Holt and I started a wonderful relationship in Jan of 2012
Life is good!
I see now that to experience the many and various life, work and health challenges and experiences was a tremendous plus for me.
I hope this will give you an added understanding about just what has guided me to write this book , about a life of reality and adventure.

in ' ONENESS ' with you ....... Thomas F. Kennedy













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