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Airborne Express




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The man behind the mayor

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SCOTTSDALE - Larry Manross married Mary Manross, his college sweetheart, 35 years ago in a chapel outside of UCLA.

Today, Larry Manross, 58, speaks like a man accustomed to counting his blessings: "I'm married to my best friend.I'm living where I want to live.And my family is thriving.What more can I ask for?"
He has no problem being the man behind the mayor, except in coordinating schedules so that he can make appearances with his wife.He is the vice president of sales for Exel Global Logistics, with headquarters in London, so he travels a lot.
Larry was born in Santa Monica in 1944 but grew up in north Hollywood, not far from his future wife, who grew up in Long Beach.He came from a small family, and his dad was a vice president in sales.
"It was an innocent time in southern California," Manross said of the early '60s, when surfing was a big part of life.
Manross was a directed young man, always clear about following his father's footsteps.
"I was a business-school guy.I was pretty straight," he recalls from the kitchen of his large, Southwestern-style home on McCormick Ranch."There was a difference between business majors.I was pretty focused."
Manross met his future mate, who was dating one of his acquaintances, and when the opportunity presented itself, asked her out.Their first date was a party on Malibu Beach.
After graduation, Manross enlisted as an officer in the Air Force instead of waiting to be drafted for Vietnam.In September 1966, after graduating, he went to officer training school.
"We got engaged a week before I left," Manross said."This was a wartime situation.It was a really interesting experience.You didn't know where it would lead."
Manross mans missiles
Manross became a combat crew commander for Minuteman nuclear missiles, which, if necessary, were to strike the then Soviet Union.
"I'm not kidding, that was my job," he said."Each missile was 10 times bigger than the one used in Hiroshima, and I had 10 of them.We were the most highly trained officers in the world."
Manross was based in North Dakota and spent his 24-hour shifts 60 feet underground in a launch capsule behind 4-foot-thick blast doors.
"You grew up in a hurry," Manross said."I realized, without a doubt, we had a lot of responsibility."
"We were 2,500 miles apart," Manross said."We didn't want to wait another year and a half to marry."
Manross got his MBA in 1971 from UCLA and was hired by Airborne Express.
Moved to Scottsdale
Friends who know Larry Manross describe him as an intelligent and successful man with a sense of humor and humility.
"He's extremely supportive of Mary and his friends," said Thompson, who golfs with Manross.

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