BMC Family Member
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Danny McKenzie, golf coach, sports information director and assistant public relations director, joined the BMC staff in 2007. He grew up in Holly Springs, Miss. and is an alumnus of Hinds Community College and Ole Miss. Danny, who has lived in Tupelo the past 17 years, has been married for 39 years and has two children and two absolutely perfect grandchildren.

Danny has several passions, including golf, reading, choral music, and theatre, and says he would like to learn pottery. As far as favorite books, he has a three-way tie between A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Baja Oklahoma by Dan Jenkins, andRagtime by E. L. Doctorow. Pete Hamill’s Forever is also up there somewhere.

McKenzie has an eclectic list of previous jobs: His very first paying job was at the concession stand at the Holly Theatre in Holly Springs, and he even served a (mercifully) brief stint as a bill collector on mobile home accounts in Arkansas, West Tennessee, and North Mississippi. After finally “finding himself” and not getting permanently injured in the search, he spent 30 years as a newspaperman in Tupelo, Jackson, Miss., and Owensboro, Ky.

When asked, “If you weren’t a member of the BMC faculty/staff, what would you be doing to earn a living?” his answer was typically straight to the point: “Drawing Social Security.”

“What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you retire?”

“Take a nap.”

McKenzie has several favorite quotations, including:

“Do all the good you can … to all the people you can for as long as you ever can.” (John Wesley);

“You live and learn then you die and forget it all.” (Ray Lum, late Vicksburg mule trader);

“Obladi, Oblada; life goes on.” (The Beatles).