"I am really proud to be a charter member of the state troopers. And when we started out in 1935, we didn't have but 75 members [including Chief Walter K. McAdory], and most of us were riding motorcycles ... After I got broke up a couple of times, I decided to get in a car and stay there. We stayed down at the hotel for four week, about three or four weeks, in training -- waiting for our uniforms to come in. The uniforms were slow coming in, and we were very proud of them, and we got to be close together, very close. We got to be real good friends that way. And it's amazing how it's grown from 75 troopers to almost 1,200 (total employees) ... And of course, there's a little difference in the pay, too, now and back in those days. But back in those days, we had to have some groceries, and we were mighty glad to have the jobs."