Congratulations, Clark Ewalt!

Loyal, fun, positive and willing to lend a hand are some of the terms his teammates used to describe Clark Ewalt. Known for being well-read in obscure information, Clark’s retirement has been described by some as the end of an era, as he was the last to have started his coding career as a COBOL programmer.

His love for knowledge and 70’s hippie rock combined with his youthful heart and spunky personality, kept Omaha’s office on their toes and with smiles on their faces. A jack-of-all-trades, Clark Ewalt joined PST when Transentric was acquired, and has patiently worked his way to retirement where he plans to continue his gardening and musical career as the bass guitar player in his band, The Rock Rescue Group.

A little about Clark:

What’s that ‘thing’ you’re going to do in retirement that you’ve been waiting for?

I’ve been threatening to get back to gardening. Do more reading. Putzing around the house (just moved in July – got lots of boxes to unpack).

When and where did you start with the railroad?

I started on August 1st, 2006. I was hired to help maintain the Gateway on the mainframe in the HQ building. I was pretty impressed that the company would hire a 53-year old instead of a younger person. But I guess the schools weren’t teaching much COBOL by that time.

What is your favorite railroading memory?

Nothing in particular stands out, it’s just been a good job useful for supporting myself (see hobbies).

What are your hobbies?

Mostly music. I’ve been a musician since second grade. I consider myself a musician who’s had several different side jobs to help pay for it. It’s been more of an avocation than a hobby since the early 70s. My second career was as a full-time musician. I still play frequently on weekends. I have a small group with acoustic instruments, specializing in psychedelic war protest hippie biker druggie music.

Reading and studying Tolkien is another hobby. I’ve been doing that since 1968. I’ve started reading The Lord of the Rings every September 22nd since then.

Words of wisdom or quote to live by…?

Nothing overly deep. I’ve had 5 different careers, each lasting about 10 years, in varied fields (don’t know what I want to be when I grow up). My interests are broad, so my epigram is from Tolkien:

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

And his short poem:

The road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the road has gone

And I must follow if I can.

Pursuing it with eager feet

Until it meets some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.

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