By: Christopher Faulknor, Publisher
Many people in the area wear several hats, but when an army cap and authentic medieval garb collide, a man named George Moore surfaces.
Moore was born in Gaylord, and attended school in Petoskey, where he played basketball in high school. “I got four assists and 3 rebounds in just two minutes,” said Moore.
After graduating from Petoskey High School in 1990, Moore made the decision to serve his country. “I enlisted in the Army National Guard, and did my basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky,” added Moore
While in the National Guard, Moore had the opportunity to attend the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and met the stars in a unique way. “I was working security at a checkpoint, and to get through, you needed a badge,” said Moore As the story goes, Ted Turner and Andre Agassi approached, and they did so without those badges. “I told them they couldn’t go through without their badges, I don’t care if they’re Jesus Christ himself,” added Moore. “I had a job to do, and I did it right.”
Moore continues to advocate for local veterans. “I am very supportive of my brothers and sisters in arms,” added Moore.
George married Cindy Poole in 1992, and they have three children and a grandchild together.
After an honorable discharge, Moore picked up several jobs, and worked in food service, retail, and spent summers working for the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Petoskey.
Moore enjoys woodworking, fishing, and involving himself in community activities, most recently as part of the Family of the Five Lakes, the group responsible for the upcoming Norfolk Harvest Festival. “I’m proud of what our group has accomplished, and we’re excited for a successful festival this year.