About Me

March 27th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
Aboard FROG II

Aboard FROG II

Hi! And welcome to my blog…

My name is Robert “Skip” Scott. I was born on November 5, 1940, the eldest Ellen and Bob Scott’s four children. The bulk of my childhood was spent in Paoli, PA, living on a small “farm” purchased by my Dad after World War II. It was a wonderful place to live… we were out in the country then and had to find things to do. The barn and stream were always interesting and several life-long friendships were established while we played “cowboys and indians.”

Starting in 3rd grade, I attended The Haverford School, graduating in 1959. I then attended Union College, in Schenectady, NY, earning a BA (Economics) in 1963. Upon graduation, I went to work for the Insurance Company of North America, selling property and casualty insurance (later group insurance), helping company agents market various INA insurance products. Eventually, I started thinking about changing fields and going into the securities business. Pursuing this end, I attended the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with an MBA in 1968. After three or four jobs in an industry I did not particularly enjoy, culminating with the disastrous market in 1974, I decided to move on to hopefully greener pastures.

Realizing that I liked people, enjoyed working with equipment and wanted to be my own boss, I applied for a franchise with Taylor Rental Corporation, a sponsor of equipment rental businesses. After spending much time seeking out a location, satisfactory facilities were found in Media, PA. Starting your own business can be really scary; fortunately the effort paid off and the company grew.  My best move was just that, a move- in 1991, I  bought a building in Media and relocated the business. The growth of that equity has been very rewarding over the years… probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I sold the business (still have the building) in 2006, retiring from the grind… believe me, after 30 years it can be called a grind!

On the personal side, I have been married twice. The first, to Jeanne Scott (that’s right, she became Jeanne Scott Scott), lasted eleven years and produced my only child, a most wonderful son Rob, now 38 years old. The second, to Bonnie Boas Balmer, spanned twenty-four years. I am currently a bachelor, dating whenever the opportunity arises.

To catch up on the raison d’etre for this blog, kindly go to the entry titled “The Big Decision.” It describes a life-changing decision I have made.

Thanks for having the interest, fortitude and patience to read this.

  1. Art Horovitch
    June 12th, 2009 at 05:57 | #1

    HI, Skip
    Nice to meet you in the campground last night. It sounds like you are having a great time, in spite of frustrations due to French being the official language in QC. Sorry I could not take you on the tour, but it is always first come first served. I could have taken you to places to see things that would give you a good insight into what Quebec society is all about. It’s far more complex than your first glance. Maybe next time if you come back this way. Look me up.
    Enjoyed your blog.

  2. Art Horovitch
    July 11th, 2009 at 04:16 | #2

    I’ve been reading and enjoying parts of your blog since you were here at Camping Alouette near Montreal. Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful time getting your feet wet in RV’ing. Now you’re no longer a Newbie.

  3. Lois and Bob Scharlach
    November 10th, 2009 at 18:40 | #3

    Hi Skip,
    We are the couple from Williamstown, NJ you meant in the church at Jamestown. We did remember “Skip’s trip.com”, and have enjoyed reading about your travels. Your photographs are wonderful! Your son had a good idea suggesting that you write a blog including pictures. He and your family and friends must look forward to checking in on you and reading about your latest adventure. Have fun…from what we’ve read it does seem that you’re doing just that!

    Thanks for telling about this, we will continue to follow your time on the road.

    Safe travels,
    Lois and Bob Scharlach

  4. Michael Froehlich
    January 5th, 2010 at 21:01 | #4

    Skip, we checked out your blog out after the glass bottom boat trip. How nice to read about your “big decision” and subsequent adventures, especially after enjoying meeting and talking to you on the boat. We then were pleasantly suprised to see our family photo today.
    It was our pleasure to meet & get to know you. We will continue to follow your adventures. If you are ever in the Hudson Valley NY neighborhood, look us up.
    Sincerely, Mike & Deidre

  5. Art Horovitch
    January 23rd, 2010 at 10:32 | #5

    Hi, Skip. I see we are both in Florida.
    WE’re about 30 southmiles of Tallahassee,near the town of Crawfordville, right between the Appalachicola National Forest and the St. Marks wildlife refuge. If you come up this way, let me know and we’ll be glad to show you around (my tour guide talking!) We are presently volunteering as nightime security at a huge county recreational park in Medart, Florida.
    We make sure all the lights are turned off at night, close the gates to the parking lot. and make sure no one is in the park causing any mischief.
    We are just “eyes and ears”, no enforcement. We call the sheriff if we see any problems. Easy job, takes about 20 minutes at night and we’re free for the day. In return, we get a site with full hookups for our RV.
    good deal and nice to sit in one place for awhile.

  6. September 7th, 2012 at 10:22 | #6

    Just wanted to add a comment – I go by Robert “Skip” Scott as well. My fathers name was Bob, and had the nickname “Skip”, which was handed down to me. You are the only person I’ve found that does the Robert “Skip” Scott like I do.

    Best wishes,

  7. Al Simms
    August 14th, 2015 at 14:59 | #7

    Re your visit to Boydton, VA. That Esso sign that you saw may be an original and not a reproduction. I lived there in the early 1960s and work for Boydton Supermarket where Melvin Davis was our butcher. Soon after I left Boydton in 1966, Melvin opened that gas Esso station. That Esso sign is in the same place that his was. Much has changed since 1966.

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