ing or helping chair the committees that
worked toward the creation and nurturing
of the show in its early years, rallying the essential support publicly and internally that
it needed to grow. He admits he wasn’t shy
about expressing how he felt things should
go in order to make the Expo work.
From the beginning, he was one of the
primary champions of the annual event. He
still is a champion for the show, and he’s there
today wherever needed, a testament to the
enduring quality of a good venture and the
enduring quality of a good man.
HAS ONLY MISSED TWO SHOWS
Doug has only missed two Sunbelt Ag Expos:
The first miss was many years ago when he
was head of the national agronomy association and the group’s annual meeting unfortunately overlapped with the Expo.
The second miss was five years ago when
the doctor told him he needed some serious surgery soon. He successfully recovered
but, again ‘unfortunately’ conflicted with the
Doug retired from his official post at UGA
many years ago. But the retirement of a career
doesn’t mean a retirement of life for those,
like him, who don’t allow a little thing like retirement to get in the way of doing the things
they enjoy — and would do, and did do, for
free anyway. And if those things echo the career you left, so much the better; it just means
that by luck or blessing you played right the
cards that fell on the table in front of you.
“IT’S JUS T LIFE”
As Doug said many time during an interview,
“It’s just life.”
You could look hard and not find anyone
around the Expo who’d say an unkind word
about Charles Douglas.
“I’ve always said that I could only hope to
one day be as good a public relations person
as Dr. Douglas,” says Gina McDonald, Sunbelt
Expo Director of Marketing.
“It’s been a privilege to have the opportunity to work with him. As I’ve watched and
learned from him over the years, I’ve come to
realize that there will never be another like
him. He is always ready and willing to help —
whether helping a reporter find a good story,
explaining the intricacies of farming to an international visitor, or conducting a last- minute tour, he does it all, and with a bright smile.
“He’s quick with a kind word and can put
anyone at ease. His love for agriculture, the
Expo, and people in general never fail when
promoting the Sunbelt Expo message.”
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