"I diagnosed my weaknesses and took the necessary time to build my home on solid rock."
● Carroll received a Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, fellowship under the auspices of Myron Anderson, PhD,
biology professor, Gustavus Adolphus; There, he consulted Mr. Jay W. Richardson, co-author of the first EPA regulations with
renown Dr. Patrick and POTUS Nixon. He joined their team at Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP) as an
environmental consultant and principal investigator on Environmental Impact Statements for BP, P&G, WSSC, and Potomac
Electric. That was where he formulated preparation for The King's Bling™
"Franks' ADC said the general refused compensation because he only wanted to help me.
GEN Franks called OTJ a 'therapeutic journal' that belongs in the hands of every serviceman,
ombudsman, veteran, first responder, and family member globally. Who would ever do that?
'While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation's defenders,
we can always do a little more.' Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump; Harry S. Truman in Truman)
I was just trying to deal with the tragedy of my sister's death when I was 4 1/2 years old.
That's why I paint. That's why my painterly style is always fresh and new. I'm growing."
● Carroll began swimming and taking tennis lessons, when he was knee high to a tennis racquet, at Plymouth-Whitemarsh CC.
He played doubles on the high school team and was privately coached by Haverford's Hall of Fame head coach, Mr. Bramall.
● The Burgoon's founded Fox Hollow Farms Equestrian Center and recruited a Fulmer School (Edinburgh) instructor to be their
first headmaster. The young Fellow of the British Horse Society (FBHS) had distinguished himself as a Kiwi Olympian with wins
in the elite Grand Prix world of dressage, stadium jumping, and cross country. The artist mucked stalls in their 60-horse barn,
mended fences, hauled hay, built stone walls, and painted everything in sight (at least once). Philadelphia socialites and co-eds
from elite colleges came for personal instruction. The next headmaster was a two-time British Olympian, Burghley winner, and
retired Army Captain. Carroll grew up riding because it was mandated. His sisters won big events on the East Coast.
● With true appreciation, the artist has rescued women, children, and sundry animals, e.g., dogs, and a gentle giant race horse,
discarded (abused, neglected, rejected) by their "owners."
"One morning an executive envelope was in my mailbox. The return address was:
The White House
My name was handwritten, but misspelled. The card inside lauded my community service.
It was signed by President George H.W. Bush and was embossed with his golden seal.
Why would someone that important notice or care?
Knowing it was a joke, I tossed it—Later, I discovered it had been the real deal. Ooops!"
● He was on the District leadership staff of Pauline Shirley, DTM, PDG, who went on to be an HOF International President. With
her mentorship he was named Rookie of the Year in the world's #1 ranked District of more than 4,000 members and received a
commendatory note from the sitting President of the United States of America, who was on the lookout for exemplary citizens.
He was District Secretary, elected Lieutenant Governor, gave 200+ speeches his first year, completed multiple CTM's, ATM's,
Bronzes, and a Silver, and doubled the record as Speechcraft Chairman in his first six months. He was a judge and chief judge
for International Speech Contests at District level. He was on a small crew of DTM's that refined the competition speeches of
four Academic Decathlon teams, resulting in National Champions. Pauline had only said, "I want you to fill a vacant position."
Carroll quietly attacks his weaknesses, like the terror of public speaking, with fearless thoroughness.
OUTDOORSMAN & ATHLETE
● He has hiked, backpacked, run trails, and canoed from Yosemite and Muir Woods, to the Anaconda Pintlar Wilderness,
Boundary Waters, Grand Canyon, Tallulah Gorge, Okefenokee, and Acadia, 10 bungee jumps, a varsity letter in tennis, Kung
Fu, plus, NAUI Certified SCUBA diver --- and a Grumann Widgeon landing on a private lake in the Pocono Mountains AND a
ride in the open cockpit of a shiny, orange Stearman at an airshow. Oh, and the time he flew up and down State Highway 78N
in NASCAR #16, the former Joe Gibb's Army National Guard car. Then, there was the Broad River during a stage five flood, in
pelting, stinging sleet in an open canoe, ... He backpacked out of Georgia to Asheville, NC hefting 75 lbs. of gear, jogging
20 miles up the Appalachian Trail (AT) daily ... And, the sow and her cub, the bobcats, tigers, ... and daily he petted a mourning
dove with her brood in the wild, Francis of Assisi-style. His lengthy, all-in sports participation built a habit of fitness to the elite
level that facilitated his ability to be an artist, among other things. Witness: Baseball, wrestling, tennis, swimming, martial arts,
bike racing (road, criterium, stage races, and velodrome), running (up to 95 sub-six miles per week), etc.
The Artist: "Poppy grew up in a Roman Catholic home and was a star athlete at Harrisburg Academy (Est. 1784). In the 1920's
he ran 53-second 440's on a cinder track and graced newspapers as a great running back sporting a soft leather helmet on the
gridiron. The man was a doctor in the D-Day Invasion (Third Tide on Dog Green, the Saving Private Ryan beach), was down
below taking care of wounded while getting dive bombed and UDT13 was topside splashing suicidal kamikaze in the Philippines,
then, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He took care of our boys. He wasn't afraid of critic's jeers. PTSD and nightmares were probably his
theatre ribbon. Some years after his death, at the ripe age of 91, that the sting of me being called, 'You stupid, worthless, bastard,'
took new meaning. Pop had described how he felt about himself. I saw, too, how his inability to save his first child, my sister, re-
Carroll's 5th birthday party, Philadelphia Zoo (1859) ...
Angel Food cake with green frosting and bird candles!
Bio p. 2.
"The Bad Lands grade all the way
from those that are almost rolling
in character to those that are so
fantastically broken in form and
so bizarre in color as to seem hardly
properly to belong to this earth."
- Teddy Roosevelt, statesman, conservationist,
naturalist, historian, and writer, established the US
National Parks, Forest Service, bird reserves, ...
"My 7th-Grade Science teacher, Mr. John C. Peden, at General Wayne,
indoctrinated me (our class), with the scientific method, as elevated
by Francis Bacon and Sir Isaac Newton, PRS. Consequently, a page
from Scientific American (1961?) supervised me in college, etcetera.
My 7th-Grade English teacher made me the wordsmith I am today.
I stand on the shoulders of artists and collectors, past and present."
Carroll "Poppy" F. Burgoon, Jr., MD
Victory vs nationally
ranked bike racers.
The Last Summer
at the lake.
His sister's death was the seed.
When he returned from Spain,
tens of thousands of people
demanded he put his paintings, poems, and stories in a book
for them. Then, he realized
the size of audience he would
one day touch with his art,
The King's Bling™.
This Texas Painter is "The No Kitsch Artist" from Pennsylvania