WHEN FACULTY AND STAFF AT THE CULVERHOUSE COLLEGE OF COMMERCE LEAVE THEIR JOBS FOR THE DAY, WHAT
DO THEY DO? SOME HAVE HOBBIES, OTHERS HAVE SECOND JOBS AND SOME JUST HAVE FUN. IN EACH ISSUE
OF EXECUTIVE MAGAZINE WE WILL EXPLORE "CULVERHOUSE AFTER HOURS" WITH STORIES THAT JUST MIGHT
SURPRISE YOU ABOUT YOUR CO-WORKERS.
Culverhouse accounting professor
Walt Robbins got his first guitar at
Western Auto some 50 years ago when
he was a junior in high school. The first
song he learned to play was “Down in
the Valley.” During his senior year he
was playing a little better, so he went to
the music store and his parents bought
him a red 1966 Mustang Fender electric
guitar for about $100.
“It was like I died and gone to
heaven,” says Robbins of the purchase.
After Robbins graduated from high
school, the guitar went into the closet
and did not come out until 45 years later
when Robbins rediscovered his dream
to play lead guitar. He has been playing
lead guitar for five years now.
Robbins has been offered $1,200 for
his 1966 Fender, and he found a similar
one on eBay for $5,000, but he is not
letting it go.
“I will never part with it now,”
Accounting Professor Finally
Finds His Passion After 45 Years