Dear Mrs. Stout,
As I searched for resume information for my son. I ran across your sample “resume” for “Joe Corn”
( http://jobsearch.about.com/library/samples/blresumeaccomplish.htm). Something
immediately caught my eye; I never would have thought I would ever see the town
named “Gotebo” anywhere on the internet! I read that ole “Joe Corn” had gone to Gotebo University in Gotebo, Texas.
Wow! Joe was an outstanding man: MBA from Gotebo U.; CEO of Gotebo Business Plan Competition, Member of Gotebo MBAA Club, and Gotebo Alumni Association. I’m sure these are just a few of the many accomplishments Joe attained! Joe’s resume gave me a great laugh; I wish some of my family could have been here to share your fictitious Joe's resume!!!
I’m writing for two reasons. One is to tell you what a hoot this sample resume is (for me) and how well done it is. Second, I am curious if you personally have any kind of connection with Gotebo, or did you chose Gotebo because it was such a comical name? (As a child I was so embarrassed when asked where my grandmother
lived...the name Gotebo was such a joke back then!)
The word Gotebo popped out at me because my parents were from Gotebo in their younger lives. I spent many, many summers as a child in that little town. I had aunts, uncles, and grandparents who lived in Gotebo until their deaths. My cousins were raised in Gotebo but moved away as they got older. My parents taught school at Lake
Valley which is near Gotebo. I had relatives in Mountain View, 7 miles from
Gotebo. My dad lived in Cloud Chief as a young man before he married my mom.
Many relatives are buried in the Sharon Cemetery next to the Sharon Baptist
Church on the highway north of Gotebo.
I’m 62 years old and the youngest of all the grandchildren. Except for a few second cousins, all relatives have passed way. No longer will anyone find the family names of Waggoner, Humphries, McDonald, Squires, Eskew, Feeser, Newton, or Shrum residing in Gotebo. As for the town, it is nothing but the ruins of what used to be a bustling town.
Gotebo is officially listed as a ghost town on www.ghosttowns.com. A visitor will see only the remains of an old defunct town; but...............through my childhood eyes, I see businesses, a cotton gin, the post office, Ruby’s Diner and a general
store. My “little girl eyes” show me the movie theater, the school house, Red’s Meat Market, The Gotebo Record news office, people visiting and taking care of business, and I can see the homes of my relatives as well as homes of other residents in this tight-knitted little town. I bet as I drift off to sleep in a little while I will still
see parts of a simple life in Gotebo even with my “big girl eyes” shut
For a little bit of time tonight, Gotebo is alive and kickin’ in my mind. Thank you for being the catalyst that brought those memories to the surface. It’s been a good evening!