My name is George Lewis McDowell Jr. I stand for election to the Town Council in the 2019 race.
I'm 69 years old, the product of a mixed marriage – my mother was a Yankee from Pottsville, Pennsylvania and my father was born in Shelby, North Carolina. I was born and raised in Baltimore. I've lived in North Carolina twice, once when stationed at Ft. Bragg in the 82nd Airborne Division, and in retirement, first in Calabash for three years and, for the last 11 years, in beautiful Cary. I've lived in 13 U. S. states and two foreign countries.
I've enjoyed two full careers, first as a military paratrooper and helicopter pilot and later as a lawyer. In spare time I've co-translated into English an ancient Greek mathematical manuscript titled Δεδομενα [The Data; The Given Quantities], authored by Euclid, the "Father of Geometry," and self-published it. The book has become the standard text used by historians of science whose first language is English who study the origins of mathematics and the works of Ptolemy, Apollonius of Perga, and Archimedes.
I collected, edited, and annotated the texts that formed The Autobiography of Mathew Carey [a sixth great-grandfather], and published it as a Kindle Book.
I've also written and performed a one-person-play titled An Evening with Ben Hogan. The play, although painstakingly well-researched and written, wasn't acted very well, but the experience in the world of theater was fascinating.
I've worked, at various times in my life, as a surveyor; laborer; labor contractor; blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat dealer and casino executive in Las Vegas downtown and Strip casinos; editor; publisher; steelworker; civilian commercial fixed-wing and helicopter pilot; radio commentator; shrimp fisherman; and as a part-time golf-course marshal, starter, and pro-shop clerk.
In addition to primary aviation duties in the Army, I have served as a pistol and assault-rifle instructor, and taught infantry soldiers to use the T.O.W. missile launcher [what was – 45 years ago – the modern version of the venerable Bazooka]. I also had a minor role in developing the Army's course of instruction in using instrument-flight navigation in low-visibility weather in field operations without radar and air traffic control. During my two tours on the DMZ in Korea, I was one of three pilots authorized by the Pentagon to carry nuclear weapons in single-engine aircraft.
I've been licensed to practice law since 1986 in the state of Maryland, in United States District Courts, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [which includes the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina], and the United States Supreme Court. Please see my full résumé here.
In retirement, I learned to develop websites, and have built and currently manage the sites of Mount Pleasant Park Golf Course (Baltimore), Joy of Discovery Lutheran Mission (Raleigh), my college's graduating-class site (Annapolis), a dear friend's sports and travel blog (Maryland), several Sierra Club service-trip sites, Cary's VFW Post 7383 website, the site for the Morrisville Veterans Memorial Foundation, and am trying my damndest to get the Town of Cary to accept the unfettered and unrestricted donation of the site that would replace Wake County's Capital Trees Program site that went down in 2011 because its funding was cut off.
I've also studied how to shoot and edit video. Recently produced projects include sermons of my pastor, the Reverend Timothy Poston; a recent Sierra Club service trip; a performance by extraordinarily talented North Carolina classical musicians; and coming soon will be a series for the purpose of advertising and fund-raising for the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro.
(Pls. click the arrows in the lower right corner to watch full-screen.)
Military awards and decorations
|Hughes 300||Aeronca Champ||Grumman Cheetah|
|Bell Model 47||Aeronca Chief||Grumman Tiger|
|Bell Model 205 (Scout)||Beechcraft Queen Air||Luscombe Silvaire|
|Bell Model 206 (Huey)||Bellanca Citabria||Piper Archer|
|Bell Model AH-1 (Cobra)||Cessna 150 & 152||Piper Arrow|
|Cessna 172||Piper Tomahawk|
|Commonwealth Sky Ranger||Taylorcraft BC-12D|
Courts to which currently admitted
Arts and Letters
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