I met Joe Gallagher, 70, at L.A. Morgan Elementary School, where he was helping with the November 7th election. He took some time out of his day to chat with Humans of Galveston:
Joe, I’m going to put you on the spot. Tell us your life’s story.
“Boy, that’s a good one. (Laughs). Well, I grew up in San Antonio, born in ’47. Attended parochial schools, graduated from Alamo Heights High School in ’66. Graduated from St. Mary’s [University] in education in 1971. Got some hours in special education at UTMB, with a focus on emotional disturbance. I retired in about 2000.”
Ok, that’s your professional life. Tell me more about your personal life!
“My hobbies include scuba diving, motorcycles, riding and I’ve got 30 hours of flight instruction towards a civilian pilot’s license.”
What advice do you have for young people?
“My advice to young people is gonna be perseverance. Set your goals, set your standards, and just keep aiming towards your goals, and forget about any disillusionment.”
What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?
“They’ve all been pretty easy. I haven’t really had any tough ones.’
What do you attribute that to?
‘The good Lord willing.’