Q. If you were fresh out of college, what would you first do in searching for a job?
A. Jobs are scarce. I would contact companies, look them up on the Internet, find locations and what jobs they had to offer.
Q. What was your first job?
A. When I was in the second grade I worked as a peach grader for 25 cents an hour. The worst part was when they dumped the peaches and the fuzz would get all over you. It itches like crazy. I found out I loved to make my own money.
Q. What was the first thing you bought after you got your first paycheck?
A. When I got a real job, I bought a car. It was a 1955 Ford I paid $2,850 for. Financed it for 24 months, paid it off in 12. I was so proud of that car.
Q. Who was your role model or mentor in your current job?
A. My mother. She taught me that any job worth doing was worth doing well, save my money and live by the Golden Rule. She also told me to get a good education. My teachers and pastors were also big influences.
A. How has the recession affected your business?
Q. We can tell a difference, but we still still get a lot of churches and groups. We still get a lot of families who seem to be playing together more. We're holding on.
A. If you could turn back the clock on one aspect of technology (e-mail, Internet, cell phones, etc.) what would it be?
Q. Cell phones. They are wonderful gadgets, but I think they are a detriment to kids. I am really happy the legislature passed the No Texting While Driving law.
Q. I am up and going by ...?
A. For years I used to be up by 6:30 every morning. Now it's around 9.
Q. Favorite hobby or activity outside of work?
A. We like to fish, and watch the Braves, Falcons and Georgia Bulldogs.
Q. If you could take back one business decision in your career, what would it be?
A. If I have it to do over again, I think I would be a little less conservative with some of my earlier business decisions. But overall, I'm really happy with what we've done.
Q. What's the best thing about your job?
A. Working and dealing with people. We've met so many people over the years and providing them with fun. You have to enjoy people to be in this business.
Q. What's the worst thing?
A. Seeing parents who do not play with their kids. Some of them don't seem interested in being involved.
Q. The most beneficial course you took in school?
A. My business and economics classes really helped my with my business.
Q. Finish this: "On the first anniversary of my retirement" I see myself ...
A. Coming back here every now and then and fishing.
A. What is the one trait a business leader cannot be without?
Q. Honesty, integrity and a love for people.
A. How do you motivate your employees?
Q. Over the past 53 years we have hired thousands of young people. We try to instill a sense of pride in them for a job well done. We also throw employee parties and offer some financial incentives.
A. What is your call on the timetable for economic recovery in our area?
Q. I haven't seen any indications of economic improvement. But I hope we'll see some in November.
Q. What are the biggest changes you've seen in your business over the past several years?
A. In the past, the children and adults were happy with just playing miniature golf. Now they want more variety, plus the kids can't stand the heat. Our kids are soft and not as tough today.
Q. What was the best vacation you ever took?
A. We went to Australia and New Zealand once. They are beautiful countries, but it's a long, long trip.