Collected Tales from our Life's Journey's




Lee Martin


Where have you been? and what have you been doing? - - - family, school, career, pastimes, good times, etc.

Served in the Air Force as an aircraft crew chief. Graduated from the OSU School of Architecture. Was State Architect of Ohio for a short time. Moved to FL in 1991. Did a lot of scuba diving with the family. Became Chief Building Code Official for Miami-Dade County after Hurricane Andrew. Moved back to Ohio in 2009 to do forensic architecture full-time. Currently do construction defect, architect professional liability, and facility-related personal injury investigations, preparing reports and testifying in deposition/trial. Outside activities include photography, flying, and participating in activities of grandchildren.

favorite high school memory

Lots of things were enjoyable. Lettering in football my senior year after fracturing my arm as a sophomore and mostly playing JV ball as a junior was memorable. Being Editor in Chief for the Chariot was fun, other than having to madly write something to fill the space on deadline day.

unique achievement

Can't think of anything unique, although some unusual achievements would include running for public office in 1986 (I lost), getting a private pilot license some years ago and flying for work and pleasure. Oh, there was that one time I was indicted by a grand jury based on the perjured testimony of a disgruntled employee passed over for promotion. He filed criminal complaints against the people on his interview panel. Another person offered perjured testimony. He eventually was found guilty of bribery. Like Mom always said, always tell the truth and you never have to worry about what you said. It took 18 months for the charges to be dropped and receive a settlement for back pay.

standout event

Being appointed State Architect and being endorsed to run for public office were two unusual and memorable events. As an architect, designing mobile neonatal exam trailers for St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven, CN to provide community-based medical care to reduce the incidence of low birthweight/drug addicted births was extremely rewarding.

unforgettable trip

The trip I will always remember was the one from Wichita Falls, TX to Ciudad Acuna, Mexico in 1968 to get married because my mother refused to sign the permission paper required for underage (<21) people. My sister had her bridesmaid's dress and we were waiting to finalize a date, so it wasn't exactly a secret.

little-known fact

Few people know that

You’ve come a long way in 55 years. Where are you going in the next five years?

Plans include retiring to do part-time consulting, lecturing, having a hip replacement operation, continuing to fly for business and personal pleasure, and finishing my book.