The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 28
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 28

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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B6 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 Banker Kicks Security Blanket, Finds New World Outside tr- . :: r:v . .-.,... , house there three stories of red brick, wood floors and a fireplace. No, they don't have any relatives in Charlottesville, they just thought they'd like living there. "If we don't like Charlottesville, we don't have to stay there," he said. "We look forward to living in a lot of places." That kind of freedom takes money and together, the Meltons have found a way to solve that problem. Mrs. Melton started an Amway distributorship five years ago because she needed an extra $40 a month to pay for a son's braces. Dad pitched in, much to the disdain of the board of directors at the savings and loan, he said, and he was presented with an ultimatum his position with them or his part-time job. It was an easy decision to make, he said, as he sat in his windowless office, contemplating the 19 years to go before retirement. He took a chance. Now he's happy all the time," says Mrs. Melton. The kids think he shed 10 years or more. Looking through some slides of a trip, one of the children asked recently for them to drag out the pictures of them "when he was old." The pictures were taken in 1966. The acute cluster headaches Melton used to suffer have disappeared along with the need for a several-martini prelude for dinner. Now there is time for new experiences and to learn new skills, such as photography. And for the first time, his kids want to be like Dad when they grow up. Working and traveling together has been a blessing for Mrs. Melton, who confesses her husband had outgrown her while she stayed home for 20 years raising the children and "being a household instrument." "We didn't have much in common except for the children. Now we have better things to fight about," she laughed. "Our friends thought we were crazy," Mrs. Melton says. But they aren't laughing any more. The Meltons turned a $25 investment into a $100,000-a-year business. Part of their travels include stops to hold seminars on motivation. Mrs. Melton who "five years ago couldn't lead a group in silent prayer" now speaks comfortably to an audience of 2,500. Mrs. Melton has not regretted the decision for a moment, she said. "When someone told us we couldn't run a business in our spare time, it just made me so mad," she said, expressing an anger toward the corporate life which shackled her husband's vision for so many years. "They don't want you to dream," she said. Now Melton spends a great deal of time dreaming and setting new goals. He has changed considerably, according to his family. "He used to be crabby and ugly. By DEE WHITTINGTON Poll StH Writtr BOCA RATON - At 42, C.W. (Buck) Melton Jr. was vice president and treasurer of one of the area's largest financial institutions. It took him 20 years of hard work to get there. Then sitting behiryj his desk one day, he decided to gel out, and he did. Melton chucked it all in favor of a motor home, freedom and a small business of his own. "It was a scary decision because he threw away a security blanket," says his wife, JoAnn. "But at last we had control over our own life and income and that was more important than the security." In less than a year, they have put 22,000 miles on their motor home, traveling throughout the eastern United States, taking their time, pulling off the side of the road in the mountains or checking into a ritzy hotel as the spirit moves them. When he was working 50 or 60 hours a week, Melton said he had little time to get to know his five children. Now the two youngest travel with their parents, and the three older kids join them when they can get away from college or work. "We found it was more enjoyable to make the world our home than the home our world," Melton said. To prove it, there's a for sale sign in the front yard of their University Park home. On one of the first trips they took, they fell in love with Charlottesville, Va. They just upped and bought a UYJ Serving the Palm Beaches! C.W. ( Buck) Melton and Wife JoAnn Store Hours Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 1 1 a.m. -7 p.m. Prices Effective thru December 7th Key If est Hours Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. -9 p.m. Sunday 12 Noon-5 p.m. CLUB OLYMPU GREAT GIFT VALUES Sears Restaurant & Lounge 16 simian lim; u ki s ON THE SIIOKI S OF BEAUTIFUL LAKE OSHOKM; Seven "Fast Drying" Tennis Courts Three "Championship" Lighted Courts Olympic "Heated" Swimming Pool & Patio -V . ,jr Jiljjmi Will Galvanized -Ar Private White Sandy Beach & Lake Skiing-Boating-Sailing-Fishing. Restaurant & Lounge (Open to the Public) 6-Leg Gym Set 99 Four steel supported rides . . . two plastic swings, two-passenger glide ride, four passenger lawn swing and slide with ladder; Unassembled. 99 RESTAURANT & LOUNGE NOW SERVING LUNCHES Si DINNERS DAILY SPECIAL PRIVATE FACILITIES -SUNDAY BRUNCH 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. FOR BANQUETS & PARTIES ENTERTAINMENT APPEARING NIGHTLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - Wed. thru Sun. RESTAURANT TELEPHONE 968-7255 SAVE$10.11 Sears Galvanized 4-Ride Sturdy Gym Set FOR YOUR DINING AND DANCING PLEASURE, THE SENSATIONAL "COLLAGE" 88 Regular S79.W 69 Sturdy 4-leg gym set features 2-in. diameter tubular steel frame, 1-in. diameter steel legs. Unassembled. fe EC to m SAVE $1 1.11 to $40.11 On Tasco Telescopes For Christmas 88 1488,o69 Was Oct. '76 $25.99 to $99.99 88 V 17 Was $25.99 Oct. '76: Handy 30x30mm Refractor Telescope complete "j A with tripod and split leather case. Gift boxed A xH OLYVIPUS CLUB OLYIIPUS CLUB Restaurant & Lounge 2600 LANTANA ROAD, 1ANTANA Was $39.99. Oct. '76: Asteroid Refractor 50x40mm Telescope with rackOQ88 and pinion focusing. Attractively gift boxed '. S Was $89.99. Oct. '76: Stargazer Refractor 60x60mm Telescope for all-f Q88 purpose viewing, from the landscapes to the heavens -J Was $99.99. Oct. '76: Cosmic 1 100x50mm. Refractor Telescope withT Q88 rack and pinion focusing. Powerful. Attractively gift boxed " Zs Ask About Sears Convenient Credit Plans 964-2600 Administration Office LANTANA ROAD EXIT I-9S JUST ONE MILE WEST ON LANTANA ROAD (ONLY TWO MILES FROM THE BEACHES.) cuummoGi coMiuiifi muu mmthiwi wiiummu nonmooonu ft uummmli kimhbo w mimiimm ih lit MM Mffl IHHW wrun mm ... . " ,, mux luiin Sears ftM rm 'wrm w -www ....... HI Ml HUM "JW IMI 'tU im for Eily. CwwinUM 24 How, 0l Clllloj Shopping Call Tluii Numbin NR. lnr.NI I M Nt ( (I

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