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Thank you to Lou Earle '68 for sharing this great biography and giving us a glimpse of life at Sigma Nu in the mid '60s. He writes, "Penn was great and the summers in Stone Harbor, where I worked with Frank Shanbacker maintaining the clay tennis courts and later as a “Summer Cop”, were even better.  My career at Penn was filled with fabulous new experiences highlighted by a sense of freedom I had not experienced before.  I lived at the house in my sophomore and junior years, first in the “yellow room” on the second floor and next in the Annex out back in the first room on the right. My Sigma Nu brothers were awesome and I still reflect fondly on the many games of pool, the fabulous frat parties we had, the devastating fire at Sammy next door and the wonderful friendships we forged during those 'heady' years."

Profile
Louis M. Earle
(Lou)

Sigma Nu Fraternity
University of Pennsylvania
Class of 1968

A.    Background about yourself
1.    Present Location – 750 Allison Lane, San Marcos, Texas 78666
2.    College – University of Pennsylvania, BA Anthropology – 1964 -1968
3.    Armed Services – US Navy – 1968-1972 (Viet Nam Veteran)
4.    Career
a.    NCR – 25 Years, Executive
b.    Dell – 4 years, Executive
c.    Meritage – 2 years Executive
d.    Austin Fit Magazine, Publisher and CEO
5.    Activities
a.    Ex- Board Chair on 2 non-profit charity organizations
b.    Mayor's Health and Fitness Council, Austin, Texas, Chairman of the Board
6.    Interests, hobbies, publications
a.    Scuba Diving
b.    Golf
c.    Ranching
d.    Writing
e.    Publications – Austin Fit Magazine – Publisher's Letter – monthly for the last 10 years

B.    About your family
a.    Marriage – married for 45 years
b.    Lynne
c.    Children
i.    Drex – 38
ii.    Janie – 34
iii.    Alex – 32
d.    Grandchildren
i.    Berkley – 1

C.    About you and Episcopal
a.    See Biography

College
In the fall of 1964 I found myself standing in front of the freshman dorms at U of P on 36th and Spruce.  (If I remember the entrance address accurately after 46 years).  I remember, at the end of the summer, Frank Shanbacker (Shiny, also a member of my pledge class at Sigma Nu), who had agreed to room with me at his peril, arrived at my house in Newtown Square to pick me up to go off to college.  I was still in bed when he arrived, seemingly clueless to my appointment with destiny to start the next phase of my life.

Penn was great and the summers in Stone Harbor, where I worked with Frank maintaining the clay tennis courts and later as a "Summer Cop", were even better.  My career at Penn was filled with fabulous new experiences highlighted by a sense of freedom I had not experienced before.  I lived at the house in my sophomore and junior years, first in the "yellow room" on the second floor and next in the Annex out back in the first room on the right. My Sigma Nu brothers were awesome and I still reflect fondly on the many games of pool, the fabulous frat parties we had, the devastating fire at Sammy, next store and the wonderful friendships we forged during those "heady" years.  In spite of too many beers and too many Sigma Nu Fraternity parties, I managed to graduate in 1968 on schedule and with Viet Nam in full swing, waited to see how I would fare in the lottery.  As it happens, my birthday unluckily coincided with lottery number 27 so I decided to lengthen my lifespan by enlisting in the Navy to avoid being a targeted infantry second lieutenant.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  I managed to delay my entry into the Navy for 4 months and put the summer to good use by meeting and falling in love with my wonderful wife, Lynne, of 45 years, who still graces my life in spite of myself.

The Navy
Using classic government logic, probably because I failed to conquer so many languages during my exemplary educational journey, the Navy assigned me to become a Communications Technician Interpreter (CTI) and I was trained as a Cambodian Linguist to intercept enemy communications.  After a 1-year deployment to Hawaii in the "Emergency Reaction Force Pacific", I was shipped back to the National Security Agency (NSA) with many other military spooks for the duration of my service.

Career and Family
In 1972, unemployed in Washington, D.C., with not a lot of demand for Cambodian linguists, I took a job with NCR (National Cash Register Corporation) selling accounting machines.  Fifteen years in Washington found Lynne and I in several different domiciles and blessed us with as many children. Our oldest Son, Drex received his PhD from Emory University, is now 38 and married and has a beautiful little guy, one year old, named Berkley, our first and only grandchild to date.  Our daughter, Janie, graduated from Miami of Ohio University and is now 34.  And finally, our youngest child, Alex is 32 and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

Twenty-Five years with NCR and an Executive Officer position with the "Cash" at Corporate Headquarters in Dayton, Ohio ended in 1997 with a lucrative offer from Dell Computer in Austin, Texas.  But after 4 years at Dell and almost 30 years in big companies, I decided I really didn't want to have a boss other than my better half and I decided to take the leap and run my own company.  And so it was that 10 years ago, I purchased Austin Fit Magazine (http://www.austinfitmagazine.com), a 7 year old local health and fitness publication in Austin and with a lot of help from family, friends and a great team have built it into one of the premier magazines in Texas and maybe even the country, if I do say so myself.

Current Day
Lynne and I now live on a ranch about 50 miles south of Austin, Texas outside of the quaint little town of Wimberley.  We have 7 dogs, a bunch of Mini-Herefords, one horse, one donkey and two cats.  Our feed bills eclipse all else.  Our daughter Janie is disabled with a "Mitochondrial Myopathy" and lives with us.  Our two sons both live in Austin, Texas.  Drex works with his wife, Michele, in their own marketing company and Alex works at Austin Fit Magazine as VP, Sales and Marketing.   We also have a wonderful little lake house on Lake LBJ, about one hour from our ranch where we escape often to relax.

Lynne and I will be attending my 50th high school reunion at Episcopal Academy (A prep school located in the suburbs of Philly) in May this year.  Regrettably, I have not gotten back to Penn as yet and really need to do that.  Nor have I visited Sigma Nu, the wonderful fraternity that I loved so well in over 40 years.  My frat brothers of the Penn Class of 1968 are a unique group of extraordinary people with whom I am proud to have been associated. I look forward to a time when I might see you all again and make some new memories and renew some very old friendships. 1968 was indeed a very good year.

Warm regards,

Lou