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Lawrence L. Graham

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Graham Swift & Company LLC

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Graham Swift & Company LLC

3350 Riverwood Parkway Suite 1900

Atlanta, Georgia,30339

United States

Background Information

Employment History

Senior Consultant

Cape Dixson Associates Incorporated


Affiliations

ASTC

Founder


Education

College High School


master's degree

theater arts

University of Tulsa


Web References(24 Total References)


ASTC Membership Roster |

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Lawrence L. Graham
Graham, Swift and Company, LLC 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Ste 1900 Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone: 404-889-8520 FAX: 770-240-1401


Upton Racing

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Early the next Sunday morning, Betty answered a knock on the door to see a tall, slender, soft-spoken man present himself by saying, Mrs. Upton, my names Larry Graham.
Graham was 22 years old in 1951. Although soft-spoken, he was extremely competitive; he wanted to win. But as a result of childhood polio, he was unable to compete in the traditional sports, so he was looking for something that would give him a level playing field. According to Larry the car had no chance to win as it was a strictly stock flat head Ford V8 with 85 hp. Larry drove the car for a few races, then told Raymond they would never run with the big dogs, and they parted company amicably. Graham had seen Uptons No. 22 race without success, but he felt that the driver was trying to drive it like a Ford, which it was obviously not. Frankly, Graham considered the car somewhat of a Rube Goldberg setup with its 1939 Dodge body and a 1936 Cadillac V8 engine. At any rate, Upton liked Larry Graham so they put their heads together to come up with a strategy for driving the car. Larry insisted that he had to learn to drive the car before anything was final. He did not want to be pressured to win until he understood his machine. Latt agreed as he didnt want the car wrecked without anything to show for it. So initially Larry tagged the field, gradually gaining confidence in the car. Their ultimate strategy was based on Larrys experience driving the car. They decided to offset the weight of the car with the power of the Cadillac V8 motor. The key was to find a groove on the track that would accommodate them. Larry learned that he had to let off the gas a little early going into a turn, drop down out of the high groove and go low in the turn, accelerating hard coming out of the turn. Most drivers tended to stick in the high groove through the turns. Graham noticed that with the power of the big Cadillac engine he could gain a car length on every turn. He began to win races, but he did not win a feature race, so he refused the local tradition of carrying the checkered flag around the track on a parade lap after a win. As it turned out, Elmo Guy was the Warren County champion with Larry Graham a close second. In spite of all the out of town competition, the race was dominated by Elmo Guy, followed by Wayne Guy and Larry Graham. Unfortunately, with two laps to go Wayne had a flat and Larry Graham passed him to vault to victory. The 1952 season at Beech Bend saw a weekly battle between Elmo Guy and Larry Graham. The bad news for Latt Upton, however, was that Graham was now driving a Hudson Hornet for Ray Fuller and Clarence Murray, as Uptons new car was not ready at the beginning of the season. At times during the year it seemed that Graham and Guy were the only drivers on the track due to their dominance over the field. During mid-season, however, Larry Graham joined the U.S. Air Force, leaving the championship to Guy. Rather than trying to hold on to Larry Graham, Latt told him to find a ride if he could. Obviously, with his performance in 1951, Graham was in demand.


American Society of Theatre Consultants

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Lawrence Graham, Vice President


Upton Racing

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Larry Graham
1951 Regional Championship Trophy Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY 1951 Regional Championship Trophy (Owner's Trophy) Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY Left to Right: Unknown, Latt Upton, Dottye Nuckols (Miss Kentucky), Larry Graham, and Wayne Norris There goes Larry Graham taking over first place, Wayne Guy is in second place now, Bill Burkle is in third place, A. W. Nolan is in fourth place, and its still Elmo Guy I believe in fifth place. So now we have Larry Graham out in front. Were coming into the last lap now, too. Larry Graham is in first place , Bill Burkle it looks like in second place, A. W. Nolan is in third place, Wayne Guy is in fourth, Elmo Guy is in fifth. Here are your winners: Number 22 driven by Larry Graham for Uptons Garage came in first place , number 2 driven by Bill Burkle for Petrie Implement Company was your second place winner, P-38 driven by A. W. Nolan for Causey-Reynolds was third place winner, 25 driven by Wayne Guy who came in with a flat tire for fourth place, number 7-11 driven by his brother, Elmo Guy,who ran the last 5 laps with a flat tire, came in in fifth place, number 23 driven by Ralph Martin for Cliff Goad came in, uh, in sixth place. Right now there are down here on the track just in front of the judges stand making the presentation of the trophy and taking the pictures giving Miss Dottie Knuckles, Miss Kentucky, is presenting the trophy to the winning driver and the flag to Larry Graham and to the owner of the car, Lattney Upton , who was the fellow that was responsible for keeping that car in the race all this season. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to introduce to you, Larry Graham. Graham: Well, it was a pretty rough race there, but I had a lot of good luck. Announcer: You did a lot of good driving in there too, Larry. Graham: Well, thank you. Announcer: Youve done a lot of good driving all season, Ive been watching you all season, and youve been doing a wonderful job out there, and you earned this title of Regional Champion this afternoon. Sure glad to be able to congratulate you on your expert driving out there today. Graham: Well, thank you a lot. Announcer: And I know youll be back in with us again next year, you and Larry will be back with us next year. And Larry is a mighty fine boy along with it. Thanks a million for coming up and being with us.


Upton Racing

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Larry Graham
Larry Graham Larry Graham, the driver of Upton Racing's first stock car entry in 1951, provided written commentary throughout the season on Justin Upton's 2007 championship run at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona. Graham was the driver to beat at Beech Bend Park in 1951-52 until the U. S. Air Force changed his career path during Korean War days. Racing Upton's Garage's 1938 Dodge, Graham won the inaugural (1951) Kentucky Regional Championship. He was leading the points chase in 1952 when he entered military service as a 2nd Lieutenant. Graham, now 78 years of age, has done much more than just provide Justin with written commentary. Justin recreated the concept of Larry Graham, the hero, in his quest to become a champion. Actually, all of my children, none of whom has ever met Larry Graham, have benefited from the man who was my first role model. On some level, Graham's contribution is a purist's concept of how racing should be conducted; he substituted thought and planning for the hell-bent aggressiveness generally displayed by stock car drivers. From Justin's point of view, Graham took a "rubbin' is racin'," red-neck sport and converted it into a war game of strategies and tactics, which must be executed with a certain degree of fair play and sportsmanship. Larry Graham's pedigree is not what one expects based on the magnified myth of moonshiners and rumrunners associated with the early stock car drivers in the South. Larry is a descendent of one of the most distinguished families of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Higher education is a family tradition for both the men and women; Larry and his four sisters all graduated from Western Kentucky University; his four children include two who are veterinarians, an attorney, and an electrician. His attraction to stock car racing was the result of a natural bent toward mechanics and the fact that he endured polio during the sixth and seventh grades. As a result, he missed out on the traditional sports but was always looking for a way to compete on a level playing field, which turned out to be stock car racing. Obviously, he was extremely successful in his place and time. Graham's first ride was in "The Thing," an underpowered 85 horsepower Ford, which was owned by the local Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer. According to Graham, "It would never run with the big dogs. Actually, "The Thing" was involved in Graham's only serious racing accident. Running at Russellville, Kentucky, a town famous for the great bank robbery carried out by Jesse James and his gang in 1868, Graham found himself running near the front when, all of a sudden, the Ford hit a soft spot in turns one and two. Graham was upside down in the middle of the track. The seat belts in those days did not have a quick-release catch, so Graham reached into his boot for his jack-knife and began to saw through the belt. Just as he reached his knife-wielding hand out to pull himself through the window, he stabbed the bent-over ambulance driver right in the derriere. Larry was unhurt but the ambulance driver required stitches! Graham continues with the story: "One night I had finished my driving in the second heat... When Larry Graham teamed up with Latt Upton horsepower was no longer a problem, but the race car was unruly, or in Larry's words, "a Rube Goldberg setup. It was a 1938 Dodge coupe with a 1936 Cadillac V8 engine. It was powerful and heavy, a strange combination for a race car. So the problem that Larry and Latt had to solve was how to make this heavy, lumbering car, with more power than anything on the track, outrun the popular light-weight modified Fords. All of this comes in some fashion from Larry Graham. Graham can't stand the burnouts at NASCAR races. "I submit that if these drivers ever had to dismantle a drive train, put it back together, and buy the broken/worn parts needed to rebuild it, there would be a lot less of this sort of abuse going on." Graham advised that one needs to find the groove on the track that is working. Larry constantly counseled patience as a guiding principle. Patience will keep you out of trouble so that you are always in a position to capitalize on other factors that will always occur during a race. Graham also believed that racing is 50 percent luck but the driver with skill and patience will be the one to take advantage of the opportunities that luck provides. Anyone who has ever watched Justin race knows that he is a clean, respectful driver. He never forces his way around the track when there is no room to move. As the 2007 season progressed and Justin found himself in one of the closest championship runs in Manzanita Speedway history, Graham wrote and said, "Hope Justin continues and suspect he realizes now that it ain't real comfortable running in first with even-speed cars behind you...it will get personal; it always does." Larry Graham warned that only "idiots fail to notice the unusual. This applies to racing, farming, cattle raising, or business practices. There is always tomorrow and as long as one stays in range of the goal, one gives "luck" a chance to enter the picture...I recall one nice kid (my trainee) who tried so hard, but often blew it and could not figure out why...so I told him 'if you are at your desk and everything looks in order and a train runs across the desk, you should at least realize that something unusual is happening and pause in your thought processes to find out what it is.' That prevents courtroom surprises, avoids getting egg on your face, and gives you an edge. True in racing, calving a cow, operating machinery and/or everyday living. Over the years, Larry trained a lot of young people in his business and on his farm. Larry had little respect for the drivers that he considered door-slammers or bangers. Usually these were the drivers who could not keep up with the crowd but, nevertheless, stayed in the main groove on the track thereby creating havoc as the faster cars caught up with them. "The mismatch in speeds is so great and the slower vehicle can make a lateral move with relative speed and quickness, while the faster vehicle simply cannot change course that fast. His strong opinions also apply to highway driving where he sees that an untold number of "terrible accidents could be avoided if drivers would simply use good sense, not to mention courtesy." As the season wore on with Justin still out front, Larry continued to counsel patience. As the last race approached, Graham wrote, "I made no comment last week. Larry's last e-mail of the season began simply with, "CONGRATULATIONS!"


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