Family Interview with: Cousin Vernon/aka Afro bro' March 10 2013, 1 Comment
April/PruCheek Owner Chubbie/Back in the Day Chubbie/All growed up
April – Hi Chubster!
Vernon – Hey cousin!
April – So you got a chance to look at the card with your fabulous ‘fro?
Vernon – I did I did
April – Did you ever use that line “You’re as fine as wine”?
Vernon – I never used the line. It has been used on me! (Laughing)
April – Oh please! How old were you in that photo?
Vernon – I was a junior or senior in high school
April- How much work was that ‘fro?
Vernon-I had to work on that to make sure it was fluffy. Jackie (cousin) would French braid my hair on the weekend to give it some body. You know so it wouldn’t get tight. Dad would wash my hair and give it a good blow out and trim. If I did it myself I could do a plat.
April – A plat! (Braid) I have not heard that word for years. And I forget Uncle Vernon’s a barber. -What were your three favorite things at that time?
Vernon – Wow uh; girls, cars, and working after school
April – I just knew you’d say girls, cars, and girls. Where’d you work?
Vernon – I had two jobs. I worked at the Urban League. Your dad got me that job. And I worked at night from 5-11PM at a bank.
April - I know you went to Langston College. How did you decide to go there?
Vernon – I really didn’t plan on going to college. I really wasn’t thinking about what was next until I was working at the Urban League. I was a file clerk and Carl Jones was the Comptroller at the time. He encouraged me to think about college and applying at Langston. He helped with the applications because all of that stuff was so overwhelming to me. He was really why I was able to go and it changed my life. I picked my Afro out, jumped on the bus to Langston, and the rest is history.
April – I’m so proud of you. You’ve done so much Mr. Bigwig at the U.S. Treasury. What exactly is your title?
Vernon – Director of Compliance Operations for the U.S. Treasury Senior Executive Services.
April – Whew. That’s a mouthful. So Mr. Muckety muck, I have always called you Chubby but I don’t where the name originated.
Vernon -The name "Chubby" was actually given to me by Biggie. The story goes that at my birth, I weighed close to nine pounds at which time she proclaimed; "Wow this baby is chubby" and henceforth, I was known by this nickname.
April – Yes; and henceforth my butt. I’ll have to blog next about “Biggie” and who the heck that is since it’s an unknown to folks outside the family. One more thing; how is it that we were born only six days apart and yet, I’m several years older than you?
Vernon – Some things must remain mysteries!
April –Uh yeah. Thanks for your time Chub Dub! Love you!
Vernon – Love you too