CRC Member Spotlight - John Matthews

Tell us about yourself:

I grew up in southern California. After college, in 1967, I moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech’s graduate school of city planning (now called the Department of City and Regional Planning). Beginning in 1969, I had a series of jobs as a planner and budget officer with the city of Atlanta and Fulton County. Retiring from Fulton County in 1999, I returned to school taking a degree in Tech and Georgia State Universities (GSU) joint program in public policy, receiving my degree in 2006. I taught classes as an adjunct, while working at the city and county, in both planning and policy beginning in 1987 at both Tech and GSU.

How long have you been members of the CRC: 

My first CRC type activity at Tech was in the old swimming pool near the old Naval Armory --- where the Bobby Dodd ticket office is now located. That was the pool where undergraduate students had to take the legendary drown-proofing class. I have been a member of the current CRC since the day it opened, right after the Olympics, before there was a roof.

Where are we most likely to find you in the CRC?

In the pool! Where else - It’s objectively the best collegiate pool in the U.S. I also have used the weight equipment to rehab my knees.

Which dimension of wellness do you feel most connected to while engaging with the CRC (professional, spiritual, social, physical, or emotional):

Physical wellness is why I spend time in the CRC. I see the CRC as a very important part of Tech and its implicit mission of developing “the whole person”.

What is your favorite CRC story:

 For one year in college, I was a diver on the swim team. I was there mainly to pick up points in dual meets when the other team didn’t have a diver. But I did learn to appreciate what divers do. A couple of years ago divers from other schools visited Tech prior to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Finals to get used to the pool. A guy from Notre Dame... hustled to the top of the 10-meter platform, ran into space and, with a Tarzan yell, threw a very nice flying (really flying) 1 ½ somersault. To me, that was the best demonstration of a “diver’s attitude” I have ever seen. I can’t even walk comfortably to the edge of that platform, let alone step off.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you or your time as a member of the CRC:

The CRC is a wonderful facility with very good programs. We are all very lucky to have it. But, remember, it was built for the 1996 Olympics. Olympic facilities do not have to last more than three or four weeks and many are built that way. The folks that work to operate maintain the CRC deserve many thanks.

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