Daniel D. Smith


150 Truan Drive
Hixson, TN
Phone 423.842.3112

What song most reminds you of your school days?
Anything by Elvis or Johnny Mathis
What teacher most influenced you?  
Mr. Millsaps
Which reunions have you attended?
25th, 40th
Which did you enjoy most? 


Fondest memories of your days at Central:
R.O.T.C., Bill's Varsity, Auto Shop

My life since graduation:  
During my junior year at Central I dropped out and joined the navy. I finished my high school GED while stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Central sent me an H.S. diploma.

I spent 13 years on active duty in the navy. The navy sent me to Data Processing and computer programming schools. While on active duty I traveled to over half the world’s exciting ports. It truly was an adventure! Also, while on active duty, I completed an Associate Degree in Data Processing, and was the Associate Editor of the national magazine Vette Vues. I covered Corvette events on the West Coast from 1974-1976.

After a tour in Vietnam, I was stationed in San Diego. I asked my future wife (Betty Thomas of Hixson) to marry me over the phone from San Diego. I flew home and we married and then immediately loaded up her car and a U-Haul trailer and headed back to San Diego. I still get a lot of flack from her about stopping in old junk yards on the trip across the U. S., looking for old mid-50’s Chevrolet parts.

We have two wonderful and accomplished children, Angela, now 26, and Dan Jr., now 23. Betty, Angela and Danny are all UTC graduates. Betty is an Elementary teacher, Angela is a PR specialist as SI Industries, and Dan Jr. just graduated with a degree in Marketing, is looking for a job. Angela was the 1993 Tennessee Jr. Miss.

After being released from active duty in 1977, I had been out for two years previous to this discharge, I started work at First Tennessee Bank as a programmer, then after two years, spent a short stint at Blue-Cross as a programmer-analyst. In 1979 I was hired at TVA as a programmer-analyst. While at TVA I completed a B.S. in Management from Covenant College. I spent 22 years at TVA, retiring last March as a software development manager.

I also spent another 13 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring from the reserves in 1989.

Immediately, after retirement, I started my own software development company (a one-man band), but business has been exceptional, and I travel about a week a month, and work on “data conversion,” from my home office the rest of the month. I do mainframe ERP data conversions. I mostly sub-contract through a small, well known, data services company out of Boston, MA.

Since I’ve written a few military history articles, I was asked to be the volunteer Director/Curator of the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History, here in Chattanooga. I did that for three years, mostly nights and weekends. While doing that volunteer job, I started an M.S. degree in history over the Internet from California State University. I completed half the requirements, up until I had to declare my Final Project, then it sort of slipped to the “back burner.”

My life’s hobby, in addition to military history, has always been automobiles. Mostly classic Corvettes, I’ve owned nine, and the now defunct Chevrolet El Camino. I’m the director of the National El Camino Owners Association, and the River City Corvette Club’s National Corvette Museum “Ambassador.”

If I had it all to do over again I would change my life very little. Actually, my whole life, to this point, has been a marvelous adventure.

Update 4/6/2009:
I'm still consulting for Olav & Co., Inc. The headquarters is located in Boston. I've cut down to only those jobs I can do from home, I'm tired of the hassles of traveling.

Both children are now married and we inherited two grandsons from our daughter's wedding.

Still involved with cars and military history writing.

Started a novel about the U.S. national art objects stored at the Biltmore House during WWII, and how Hermann Goring wants to steal one of them to present to Adolph Hitler... but, it's on the back burner.

Some things change, some things don't, life's been very good.