Egbert Hutchison–“Hutch” to his friends–is a six-foot-four black man, sometimes described as “a pile of heavily-muscled niceness.” In high school, he had dreams of a professional football career. In his senior year, an accident caused severe damage to his left ankle. While the injury healed well enough for daily life, the damage was not fully repairable. This caused a sudden and sharp rethink on his life choices. Faced with the need to find a new career even before his old one started, he recognized he was ill-prepared for the job market, college, or life in general.
His friends, once supportive of his goal to be a professional football player, stepped in to support his new goal: surviving in a cutthroat job market.
The last semester of his high school year saw enormous improvement in Hutch’s academic standing, as well as his overall education. Without a concrete career choice in mind, there ensued a broad-reaching program of career studies. Not only did he examine academic subjects with greater attention–math, science, computers–but technical trades, such as welding, construction, electronics, and various sorts of mechanical repair. He turned out to have quite the talent for languages, and the idea of being a professional translator became more and more his goal.
Hutch eventually did go to college as a language arts major, studying French, Japanese, and Russian. In later life, he worked both at the United Nations and, after returning to school for his Masters of Business Administration, for several private corporations in their international divisions.