Rebooter stories

“To be a person is to have a story to tell.”

— Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), author of Out of Africa and other novels

RebootYou can provide you with facts about how to reinvent yourself and logic about why you should, but what really matters is doing it. These are stories of people who had a realization that something more was possible, then took action.

Rebooter Stories are the heart of this website, and of the whole reinvention idea. The story of Archie Davis was my inspiration. The stories of Doug, Charley, Richard, Ella, Denis, Don and the others on the site are what bring reinvention to life and gives it meaning. The story of how I was fired, then later realized I had discovered some building blocks for reinvention, is how I explain rebooting to others.

I invite you to read the stories of these Rebooters, enjoy and celebrate their lives, and consider telling your own story on these pages.

And please see two additional stories elsewhere on the site about people whose reboots involved critical health issues — click here: Healthy Reboots.

–Lee Callaway

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Frank Casale – Mailman for 35 years, several medical issues, rebooted by slowing down and learning to appreciate the simple gift of life.

Ella Chan – IT ace, decided she’d had enough technology, opened her own business based on bunnies.

Shirlee Cunningham – A life of many reboots, culminating as an acclaimed artist and nomination to the famed art organization, the Salmagundi Club, in New York

Ivan A. Deveson – Top executive for two automobile companies in Australia, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne, now rebooting for intellectual stimulation

Archie Davis – Banking CEO who went back to school after retiring to “catch up on his reading,” earned a Ph.D. in history and wrote a book.

John (Anonymous) – Rebooted in business, coped with life’s hard lessons, took up a new creative pursuit and rekindled a romance

Charley Kelso – Labor lawyer, farmed pecan trees on weekends, now creates beautiful works of art with oil paints.

Richard Lee – Retired philosophy professor at Trinity College, longtime runner, now practices and instructs in Tai Chi.

Denis Lowry – Engineer, financial analyst, never stopped seeking answers to life’s questions

Frank Mathews – Dentist, went from private practice to director of county dental health, established first-of-kind clinics, honored for public service.

Don Parkinson – Executive in two industries, retired twice, rebooted twice, took on major state cabinet position at age 72

Barry Sorrells – Orthopedic surgeon, developed revolutionary knee replacement surgery, established an institute to teach medical school students life skills

Doug Sudduth – Rebooted to become a noted photographer, singer, and member of several barbershop quartets.

Lee Callaway – Practicing rebooting as a way to stay alive

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