Maxwell Discusses Being Shipwrecked in Antarctica (Play Audio)


Maxwell:  I made two southern trips to Antarctica in operation (clock tolls) Deep Freeze and one of them went around the world.
And on one of them we ripped the bottom out of the ship and we stuck on this unchartered rock that we chartered and we were stuck on that for several hours and I was down in the engine room and you could see the steel moving beneath us and it sounded like somebody kept dropping hand grenades down in the engine room down with us it was so loud. The swells would raise the ship off of the rock and then slam it back down and-so anyway, made it through all of that and then went to New Orleans for the rest of my time in the Coast Guard.

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Maxwell Discusses Prison Ministry (Play Audio)

Maxwell:  And I pretty much work now in-itís called the Kairos Prison Ministry-which is non-denominational. And-which we put on these weekend events which runs from Thursday evening through Sunday, which we invite a selected, chosen members and usually we try to get the leaders in the prison to come in and join us as a team of men who have prepared together and become really one body and we invite them, they come and they stay with us. We feed them and do all kinds of things-you know-pray with them and just accept them like they are and love them like they are. And hopefully, they will experience Godís love in that manner, in a very special way and we donít go there to condemn them or anything like that. Just go there to accept them, and we really hope that they will change their lives and the ministry is totally non-denominational. We have people from all faiths-as long as theyíre Christian. We look at the common-our common ground, thatís what we work with, is our common ground as Christian believers. And when-a lot of men do change their lives.


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Maxwell Discusses Air Conditioning Consolidation (Play Audio)



Maxwell:  Most of the stuff thatís being put in will be there for long term and it needs to be for long term use so you donít keep revisiting and spending money on the same thing over and over again. And theyíve done a-do a better job of planning every yeah. Weíre getting smarter at it, even our chill water systems that weíre doing now Ďstead of-we used to have little chillers all over the place-little air conditioners-all over this place. And now we have beautiful green spots out there, flower gardens, thereís patios thereís all kind of things where we used to have air condition chillers. And only those thatíve been here for a while would really know that. And itís been nice, Ďcause every time you put in one of those big chiller plants-like we have in back of the library here-that means weíre eliminating a lot of the smaller stuff and just consolidating.

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Maxwell Discusses Bob Betts (Play Audio)

Maxwell:  I donít know if you were here when the lead electrician for many years here was Bob Betts. And he had a stroke-probably about five or six years ago, maybe a little longer and could no longer be with us and he was here for about thirty years and Ďcourse he always-learned a lot just watching Bobbie and how he worked with people. No matter how much work he had he was always happy to get more it seemed like and knowing that he couldnít keep up with it at all.

     So, it was so funny Ďcause after he had his stroke he couldnít be with us anymore and we always commented weíd keep finding all these work orders hidden away in places here there and everywhere-there was no way you could do it all. Had so many of them and so, we have a much different system now. But it was interesting. Kind of like if he didnít want to do it-I guess-and he thought it was silly heíd just (whoosh) tuck it away somewhere. We found a lot of those. But yeah, Bobbie meant a lot to me and thereís been quite a few people.

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Maxwell Discusses his Philosophy on Life (Play Audio)

Maxwell:  Iím basically a happy person; I think things like that are a choice. If you want people to love you, you love them. And if you want people to be happy for you to be around, you be happy when youíre around them. And so, my Rollins career is just something-to me-to come here and work is a joy. I really love coming to work.

     Iíve a simple philosophy: You should be happy to go to work, you should be happy to go home. If youíre not-in either one of them-you need to change something. (laughs) Change it, make it better. And so, I try to stick with that and I try to be happy to come to work and when I go home I want to be happy to go home too. I donít regret coming to work at Rollins and Iíve really looked forward to it. I think that the-I feel that Iíve made a lot of contributions here but I think I am better for having been here. (clock tolls) And hopefully the college is too.

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