Many people in town would move out to the beach. Mr. Askins’ remembers these times like they just happened yesterday. On the way to Florida the Askins’ family would stop at Mount Olive Baptist Church in South Georgia, and they would have lunch on their lawn. His father drove an Oldsmobile. Cars were a big deal in the 1950’s. The new cars would be released and Mr. Askins would beg his father to take him to the dealer, so he could see the cars. It was the most exciting thing in the world.
Mr. Askins went to high school in Birmingham. He was so fortunate that his public school education from Mountain Brook High School was so excellent that he did not need to go to private school. Mr. Askins knew that he wanted to be an architect even in high school.
Choosing Georgia Tech
Mr. Askins spoke with counselors about pursuing a career in Architecture and they recommended Auburn University, but Mr. Askins “wanted to get the hell out of Birmingham” …show more content…
Mr. Askins took the train to Georgia Tech’s orientation camp. His parents did not bring him because they were coming up the following week to bring his stuff. He borrowed a suitcase and stayed in the dorms but his parents brought his possessions after he got back from camp. The orientation program was somewhere in the country possibly a campground. He just remembers going there and being amazed at all the new people. Mr. Askins did not want to go to a school where he knew a lot of people and Tech fulfilled that wish. He wanted to be challenged to make friends. The primary objective of orientation was for new students to get acquainted to new classmates and learn the traditions of Georgia Tech. there were also many speakers from campus who came to help the students get more acclimated to their new environment. There were 212 architecture students in Mr. Askins entering class and only 13 graduated. His first year at Tech half of the architecture students dropped