Bob Pittard is an important part of Jefferson High School. His passion for World War II led him to his career as a teacher there after working as a pilot. Mr. Pittard has lots of fun stories about his past careers and experiences. Students every spring enjoy taking a trip with him and other chaperones to Europe to experience the culture, food, and history! We are so thankful to Mr. Pittard for sitting down with Mason Cooper, a business student at Jefferson High School for this interview!
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: “I started teaching in 1972, but then in 1975 I got hooked on flying and went to work for an airline. After that I retired but I still kept going to Europe every year to study World War II. I also collected World War II items during my retirement. I didn’t like retirement so I became an agent for NFL players. After that job I wanted to do something with my hobby (World War II), so I asked Dr. Jackson (JHS Superintendent) to let me teach World War II at Jefferson. Since then I have been teach my hobby for 13 years here.”
Q: What modern convenience would you want if you were stuck on a deserted island?
A: “It depends if it was really hot I would want an air conditioner. But if it was college football season I would want a TV to watch.”
Q: Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
A: “In elementary school my favorite teacher was a guy named Tom Allen who was a former football player at Georgia Tech. In high school my teacher was Annette Scott, who taught me history.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Jackson County?
A: “I have been teaching in Jackson County for 14 years at Jefferson High School.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Jackson County and why?
A: “One of the first people that pop into my mind is Brantley Porter. The reason is I have never met someone so loyal to Jefferson and Jackson County. He puts in lots of effort and financial aid to this place.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: “It probably would still be Germany even though I go every year. This year will be my 42nd year going to Germany. I have always just loved it there.”
Q: What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: “I think it was ‘Old Yeller.’ That one made everyone cry.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “I would say disperse.”
Q: What is your favorite music/three bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “Beetles without question. I like the Allman Brothers and the Eagles. But the Beetles were by far my favorite band/music.”
Q: Choosing anyone (past or present and a non-relative), with whom would you love to have lunch? And where locally would you have this lunch?
A: “Otto Skorzeny, he would be a good one. He was the most amazing World War II soldier. Sadly he was German, but he would have been an interesting person to talk to. I would take him to Cream and Shuga in Jefferson.”
Q: What is your favorite thing about Jackson County?
A: “The sense of community in Jackson County and Jefferson is very unique and that is very different from many places nowadays.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A:” Teaching World War II at Jefferson High School.”
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I have two grandchildren and most people don’t know I just got a grandson a few weeks ago.”
Q: What three words mean “Home” to you?
A: “Bed, TV and Family.”
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