Sam Smith grew up around cars, learning from his father how to repair them. As a student at Morris Brown, Smith took a job with Atlanta's mass transit company, MARTA. The Marines took him away from Atlanta for a few years, but he returned and went back to MARTA and earned a promotion. Smith was charged with supervising a fleet of buses, often making quick repairs. After 50 years, Smith retired in December. Not ready to simply kick up his heels, Smith plays trumpet in a local band, acts as a driver for his son's cheesecake business and does some mountain climbing. But the 71-year-old still has other plans. Smith is returning to Morris Brown to earn a degree in organizational leadership management, with a goal of becoming a contractor to transit agencies. Smith knows it won't be easy, but he is up to the challenge.
(photo credit: Alisa Jackson)