|By Rex L. Troute, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Carter is retiring
"My whole family worked for the railroad except for me," Carter said.
A grandfather, father, brother and two uncles worked for the
A friend studying chiropractic at
"I found it interesting," Carter said.
He enrolled at the founding institution for chiropractic in 1966, and worked for the Rock Island Line to put himself through school.
"I wanted to be either a chiropractor, physical therapist, pastor or accountant," Minard said of his possible career choices.
Minard also attended
"I was really good at science," Minard said, which led him in the direction of chiropractic.
Carter's youth experience with chiropractic began with a high school football injury as a Grayhound at
"I was jumping up in the air to catch a pass and a guy hit me in the back," Carter said. "Coach (
However, the hit created a lower back injury, which affected Carter's legs. He missed the last two games of the season, but a trip to a local chiropractor helped return him to good health.
"My experience was good," Carter said of chiropractic.
Minard's injury happened at a younger age -- during recess. A competitive type, he tried to see how many bars he could skip while swinging on the monkey bars. His grip slipped and he fell squarely on his back. The lower back injury kept him out of school for three months, but the good chiropractic care he received became ingrained on his mind.
After graduating from
Carter went to the state of
Minard worked three years for a chiropractic firm in
He returned to
"I always wanted to remain here, personally," Minard said.
That connection to