What better person than Jim Melvin to feature the day after Greensboro's primary election for mayor and city council representatives. Melvin holds the distinction of having been the longest-serving mayor in Greensboro's history (1971-1981). In addition to his elected positions, he has been involved in many ventures that have improved Greensboro: the new baseball stadium, The Elon Law School and Center City Park, to name a few. Melvin, a retired banker, has quite a talent for securing funding. At present, he uses this talent daily as CEO and President of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation. Here we see a photo of him standing in the boardroom with the spirit of Mr. Bryan ever present in the portrait just beyond the glass.
Mr. Melvin is one of twenty seven people featured in the book, Greensboro 27, written thirty five years ago (in 1976) by Abe Jones, Jr. We love the opening quote in Melvin's chapter. "I'm about as local as an individual can be." Jones goes on to tell us that Melvin was born in a local hospital and grew up on Asheboro Street and Alamance Church Road. Melvin also says, "(m)y life has been downright unexciting." Well, he may not find his life exciting but he has made Greensboro a lot more exciting for the rest of us! He exudes passion for making Greensboro a better place in everything he does! Today is ABC Wednesday and "M" is for Melvin, E.S. (Jim) Melvin.
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