Fred Binning:  

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Southfield, MI
Highland park, MI
Berkley High SchoolClass of 1953
Berkley, MI

Fred's Story

Life Like most of the ’53 graduates I had made some plans for college but hadn’t really thought very far into the future, especially entering the world of the working. I had planned in high school to go on to Pharmacy School but really hadn’t made up my mind if I wanted to attend Wayne State, Ferris or Detroit Institute of Technology. The first Monday following graduation I was at the main office of Cunningham Drugs applying for a job and possibly a scholarship. As fate would have it, I was working the following day at their store on the corner of Grand River and Southfield. Come September, I enrolled at Wayne State only to switch immediately to D.I.T. Plus, I never missed a day between jobs since then. After a couple of years working every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday and going to school it became evident to me that being a pharmacist wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. Marriage was in the near future and I soon began working for McKesson & Robbins in Highland Park. At the end of 1957 they opened a new facility in Lansing, Michigan and I was asked to be part of the start-up team. Shortly after moving to Lansing moved into a management-training program and became warehouse supervisor. In 1968, the next move was into sales for what was to be another short training period before moving to another posit...Expand for more
ion. After being outside, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I enjoyed the freedom of being in sales. There begins the next chapter in my life.Over the years I moved from pharmaceuticals to chemicals and from Detroit to Sterling Heights and then Troy. In 1984 the company I was working for promoted me back into management, first as a Product Manager then a few years later to National Sales Manager. Of course this meant another move, this time to the Philadelphia area. This move was much easier as the boys were out of school and either married or contemplating marriage. Ten years later during reorganization within the company I elected to move my base of operations to the Southeast. My choice of locations wasn’t hard as I had enough of those Pennsylvania winters with lots of snow and the awful hot, hot summers. My Great Grandfather had settled in this area from England to farm in the late 1800’s. Mild winters, beautiful long spring and fall with a short summer thrown in to break the monotony. I began woodcarving as a hobby when I moved to Pennsylvania. Finally in 2000 I decided to take early retirement and pursue my hobby as a career in retirement. I can say that it has been a good 50 years since graduation and I don’t regret a moment of it. But there are still a lot of bridges for me to cross.
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