August 7th, marked what would have been the 95th birthday of the Harris family patriarch, the man, the myth, the legend, Jack S. Harris, otherwise known as Cabell Harris’ (founder of WORK Labs) father.
A graduate of Virginia Tech and later Captain of G. Company, 15th Infantry, Third Division, Jack had an impressive military career, receiving 2 silver stars, (one from World War 2 and one from Korea) three purple hearts, and returned from the Korean War a Major. Returning home, he sold cars, cemetery plots, and even Caterpillar Tractors with Virginia Tractor, all while raising four boys with his wife Shirley.
I point out all of Jack’s accolades because it makes his relationship with Cabell and WORK Labs all that more endearing. You see, despite how dignified and respectable Jack Harris was, he had a fantastic sense of humor and was not afraid of poking fun at himself.
Jack was often used as a model for Cabell in photo shoots for both clients and WORK Labs products, and sometimes, for just plain fun. All he needed to hear was, “Dad, I need you for a photo.” , and Jack would happily oblige, no matter what odd or downright embarrassing set-up Cabell had in mind. Now that is truly a parenting win!
Happy Birthday, Jack. Thanks for all your hard work and your sense of humor!