Tales of the non-traditional
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It's almost graduation time here in Central Georgia.
College students will don their caps and gowns to grace the stage for that coveted diploma.
One Fort Valley State University senior who is preparing for this major milestone is just a little more senior than his classmates.
While most retirees want to spend their golden years slowing down, Matthew Brown says he is just getting started.
“You can always take your talents to another level,” he says.
Brown sits at the piano and plays a few notes. “It’s a little out of tune,” he laughs. “I can work with it.”
Back in the 70’s, he was opening for big names like the Manhattans, Millie Jackson, Johnnie Taylor, and Eddie Floyd, who sang the hit song "Knock on Wood."
He even recorded a gospel album at the famed Capricorn Records.
The Air Force veteran turned music instructor says he wanted to take his skills beyond raw talent, so he came to Fort Valley State University four years ago.
The Macon 70-year-old, however, is not a professor.
He’s a student. In fact, he’s an honor student.
“I’m a wildcat for life,” says Brown.
Brown has about five decades of life experience on his classmates, but it did not take him long to fit in.