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H. A. Leissner [of Needville]," reported the Rosenberg Herald-Coaster. 24 Kathy grew to be pretty, vivacious, talented, and neat. Her activities in elementary and high school were typical: she liked volleyball, worked on the school newspaper and annual staff, and was a baton twirler and saxophone player for the band. Like most other girls of the era, she was a member of the Future Homemakers of America, wherein she learned skills to prepare her for domestic life. She was crowned queen of the 1960 Needville Youth Fair.
S business success by running the office and keeping the books. For twenty-five years after its founding in 1941, the Whitman plumbing business grew consistently. By 1963, the firm owned four cars and twenty-one trucks, employed twenty-eight full-time workers and recorded gross annual sales of $303,433 on a net worth of $289,463. C. A. Whitman's prominence in the Lake Worth community paralleled the growth of his business. Driven to achieve greater social respectability, he joined nearly every public organization in the Lake Worth area.
At age eight, Charlie joined the Cub Scouts where he attained the rank of Bear Scout. Two years later, the Lake Worth area experienced a shortage of Cub Scout leaders and Charlie was forced to drop out. In 1952, he attempted to join the Boy Scouts at age ten-and-a-half, but the minimum age for enrollment was eleven. He attended the meetings anyway and joined on or near his eleventh birthday. By that time he was prepared to earn a multitude of badges in a short time. According to Charlie himself, he reached the exalted Page 6 rank of Eagle Scout and received national recognition for being the youngest Eagle Scout in the world at age twelve years and three months.
A sniper in the tower: the Charles Whitman mass murders by Gary M. Lavergne