Our story is probably a little different than many others. This entry is being written by me (Randy). Kim’s story may be a little different. I was working at PC as the Director of Student Activities and getting ready to start PC’s first Women’s Basketball team in the spring of 1977. My office was in the Douglas House. It had a big open counter overlooking the lobby. One day my office was given the task of handing our tickets for one of the required cultural enrichment programs. One afternoon a cute blonde jumped up and sat in the window to get a ticket. I have to admit that I was smitten right away. The problem was that I was a 23-year-old employee of the college. Kim was a 19-year-old transfer from USC.
As the story goes, several people were coming over to my apartment to watch television. Kim came over with Harold Maurice (BoBo ) Beasley, Scooter Lipsey, and probably some others. After that night, we stated hanging out and talking on campus. We tried to stay under the radar and not draw too much attention to us. A little while later, we had our first date. We went to see the movie “Network” in Greenville. A few weeks later we went, with my parents to see my sister Lyn in a play in the Black Magic Theater in Jacobs Hall. After my parents left came the big reveal. There was a dance going on in Greenville Dining Hall. I think it was the IFC dance. When Kim and I walked through the door it seemed like everyone in the building stopped and turned around and looked at us.
Well after Kim’s graduation in the spring of 1979, we got married in August. 41 years later there are too many stories to tell about our time in Clinton and at PC. I worked at PC for about 35 years, became a member of City Council and then Mayor for 10 years until I got elected to the South Carolina Public Service Commission. I’ve stayed involved at PC since I left. I’ve been the PA announcer for PC football for every year but a few since 1978 and I serve on the Alumni Board now. Kim taught Biology lab at PC, taught at Thornwell for 16 years and has worked at Bailey Bank and Arthur State Bank ever since. Both of our daughters, Kelley ‘05 and Taylor ’10 moved right down Maple Street to attend PC. We are PC Blue Hose! We live three blocks from the college in Coach Lonnie McMillian’s house (the place where he gave Death Valley at Clemson its name). We have been supporting PC financially since we graduated, and are now grooming our grandchildren to hopefully be Blue Hose. I consider it a privilege to be friends with too many alumni to name, and I love it when folks call when they come to campus.
On On PC!
Comer H. “Randy” Randall III ’75 and Kim Byers Randall ‘79