One of the most interesting things about how I became a horologist is that it happened by accident. I am forever grateful that it happened.

   I’ve had many satisfying learning experiences in my life. I serviced and repaired various machines and devices before, during, and after my military service. My employment with IBM was also time well spent. However, repairing, rebuilding, and servicing various clocks uses nearly everything I have learned in my lifetime. It has also pushed me to learn new and different skills that I believe help ward off the dreaded disease of dementia.

   To restore or repair a clock that was built before George Washington passed away is extremely satisfying to me personally. Seeing the clock parts that some poor laborer had his hands on many years ago and now having the opportunity to touch those very same parts and make the clock run again prolongs the legacy of that unknown person. To some this would sound crazy, but I don’t think so.

   My grandson was in a high school marching band starting in the ninth grade. Band supporters talked about the Band Family, which I did not fully understand at first. I grew to understand what it was as we spent the next four years following the band and attending various competitions in numerous cities. It was truly a Band Family! I feel the same way about the Clock Family—a great bunch of people all supporting a cause worth perpetuating.

   My donations to the NAWCC Partners in Time Annual Appeal to promote, develop, and maintain interest in horology for years to come is a very small thing I can do, considering what I have experienced via clocks in the past 25 years.

Thank you,

Jim Kemp

Lexington, KY

NAWCC # 0172309