Famous Alumni

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Some of the most famous people of United States and World History attended Georgia Institute of Technology such as Jeff Foxworthy, Jimmy Carter, Joe Rodgers, Sr., Scottie Mayfield, and Mike Duke.


Jeff Foxworthy

Jeff Foxworthy is a notable American comedian. Jeff Foxworthy was born on September 6, 1958 to James Foxworthy and Carole Linda Foxworthy in Hapeville, Georgia. James Foxworthy was a computer executive at IBM. He attended Hapeville High School in his hometown. He did not move until he went to college. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology, but he did not graduate. After his time at Georgia Tech, he went on to work for his father at IBM. His faculty and co-workers dared him to enter a comedy competition, and he won.

After winning the comedy competition, Jeff Foxworthy, began to create comedy albums. These were a collection of his jokes and funny stories compiled onto one disc. He made very many comedy albums that helped jump start his career as a comedian. He coined the "You might be a redneck" joke. The first time Jeff Foxworthy used his famous "You might be a redneck" jokes was on an album entitled "You might be a redneck if..."

After hearing Foxworthy's comedy albums, he was hired to work on Blue Collar Comedy Tour, along with Larry the Cable guy, Ron White, and Bill Engvall. The Blue Collar Comedy Tour is a traveling stand up comedy tour. The jokes on these shows mostly involve blue collar humor. Jeff Foxworthy became famous on this comedy tour for the "You might be a redneck" jokes. The utilization of these jokes launched Foxworthy into stardom.[citation needed]

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter is the 39th president of the United States. Carter born on October 1, 1924 in southwest Georgia. Carter attended Georgia Tech in 1943, after applying to the Naval Academy and taking some classes at Georgia Southwestern College.

After Georgia Tech, Carter held a number of political offices in Georgia. He was a member of the Georgia State Senate from 1963 to 1966. He then became the 76th Governor of the state of Georgia. He held the governor's office from January 12, 1971 to January 14, 1975.

In January 20, 1977, Jimmy Carter became the 39th president of the United States. He succeeded Gerald Ford's term of presidency. As a president, he was loved by the country as a person, and had many policies and programs that helped the United States. He helped to bail out The Chrysler Company with The Chrysler Corporation Loan Guarantee Act of 1979. Also, he declared a federal emergency in the neighborhood of Love Canal in the city of Niagara Falls, New York in 1978. One controversial aspect of his presidency was his decision to boycott the 1980 Olympic Games.[citation needed]

Joe Rogers, Sr.

Joe Rogers Sr. is one of the co-founders of Waffle House. Rogers and his business partner, Tom Forkner, developed the idea of a McDonald's-like restaurant that served 24 hours a day. They were originally neighbors and as such, they thought that opening a new restaurant that focused on customer service would be good for their business. They came up with Waffle House, and the first Waffle House opened in 1955 on Labor Day at Avondale Estates, an Atlanta suburb.[citation needed]

Scottie Mayfield

Scottie Mayfield is the president of Mayfield Dairy Farms. He graduated from the Georgia Tech College of Management in 1973.[citation needed]

Mike Duke

Mike Duke is an American businessman who started working with Walmart in 1995. He became CEO of Walmart in February of 2009. Duke earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Tech in 1971. He served as a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and now serves as a member of the institution's advisory board.[citation needed]


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