Thursday, October 26, 2017

Behind the SLIG Scenes: J. Paul Hawthorne

SLIG is amazing, isn't it? The instructors and the students are the magic--but who sets up the magic?  The magical SLIG committee, that's who!  Before SLIG 2018 happens, this blog will feature each dynamic member of the committee.

J. Paul Hawthorne is a familiar face to to those who follow him on Facebook, Instagam, and Twitter. His gentle humor often features hats, masks, and digital appendages. Paul jumped at the chance when asked to join the committee as the Social Media Marketing Coordinator for SLIG in 2016.

Named for his paternal grandfather, James Boardman Hawthorne and his father, Paul Hawthorne, he started adding the “J” before his middle name when he joined the family tractor business in Southern California.

Paul says he enjoys the comradery between the committee members, the leadership of the Director, Peg Ivanyo, and the freedom within a framework that fits his personality.

His favorite SLIG memory is as a "first-timer." Paul shares that at his first Welcome Reception, he was overwhelmed. He not only saw all his genealogy heroes, but about half of the students there were actually teachers that he had learned from at conferences! He was intimidated, but he “stepped up to the plate and did his best”.

Paul likes a deep blue color because it is like his thoughts. These same thoughts were responsible for the unique and imaginative #mycolorfulancestry color coded Excel family tree charts that went viral last year. Keep on thinking, Paul! 

Until next time, the next committee member, and the next Behind the Scenes SLIG 2018 magic! 

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