Philip W. Choate

Married Number of Children 2  Grand Children  2 Great Grand Children 

Occupation/Career Description

Parts Manager in various new car/new truck dealerships over the years

Military Service (Branch/Date/Locations/The Good/The Bad)

U.S. Army drafted the November after graduation
Boot camp at in Louisiana
U.S. Army Finance School in Indiana
10 Months payroll clerk for O.C.S. candidates at Fort Benning Georgia
Remaining tour in West Germany with the 4th Armored Division


Reading (I do way to much, the wife says I never get anything else done
Entertaining my grand-children {one is 16 the other 3 both boys} I am just starting to do some woodworking thanks to a friend of mine who owns a place in East Texas and is kind enough to furnish me with some beautiful wood.

Most significant thing in my life between 1965 and 1970

Marriage and the birth of my daughter on Friday 13th 1970

Best job I ever had (or place of residence) and why

From 1989 to 1994 I worked for a dealership in Houston owned by Bud Adams who also owned the Houston Oilers. I was lucky enough to attend many Oilers games in the Box provided by Mr. Adams for some of his employees. Also the General Manager at the dealership was a real car guy and became a friend.

Worst job I ever had (or place of residence) and what I learned from it

I lived in one house for 27 years and should have moved after about 15. The neighborhood went to pot for various reasons and I should have sold and moved while I could still get full value for the house. I learned that if you have a gut feeling about something it is better to act on it than not.

Ready to retire Ė or more dragons to slay
(What will you do with your time in the next 10 years)

About what I have been doing for the past 10 years. Watching the grand-kids grow up and working.

Best book(s) Iíve read since 1965

This is a hard one. I am a big
Tom Clancy fan and I enjoyed all the Travis McGee series I read for to relax and get away from my Hum Drum world. I really enjoy collections of short stories. From American Classics to Sfi.

Favorite movie(s) Iíve watched since 1965

The Green Mile, Forrest Gump,

My most enjoyable trip/vacation

My brother and I rode motorcycles to Canada about 20 years ago and it seems as if it were yesterday. The trip was beautiful and my brother and I have enjoyed a closeness that I truly value ever since

Most rewarding thing about the last 40 years

Watching my kids grow up to be healthy productive people and knowing that I had at least a little to do with it.

Three things I did that I never dreamed of doing in 1965

The motorcycle trip
Going on an extended cruise
Working at one job for 27 years

Three things I havenít done but would like to (or will) do

Go on another bike trip
Write and have published a short story
Own a book store

Personality trait or quality I like most about myself

I am honest and truly care about other people

Most important lesson I learned from my spouse/best friend

To not be too hard on myself. And that my kids are grown and really do know what they are doing without me having to guide them