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Our Story // As told by R .Alvey

 

The “Al” and S. Corbin, The “Cor”
of the AlCor. A Pretty Good Story!

I receive hundreds of emails every day, but it’s not so often that an email captures my attention, the way Richard’s emails have. Richard’s emails are the best! They are filled with fun images and gifs, but most importantly they are very kind.

From my correspondence with Richard, I could tell that he has a zest for life. I thought he would be the perfect “Customer of the Week”! In this interview, he shares his story of his love for fishing and the special bond he has with his friends, that form AlCor. I think this interview is a great way to kick of the start off the summer season! Enjoy!

The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!

Richard: A little history about us / Grew up in a small town in Central Virginia // Went to the same High School and both played trumpets in the school band. But to be perfectly honest, I “Al” was a senior and “Cor” was a Freshman // When I “Al” joined our Volunteer Fire Dept.. in 1975 “Cor” was already a member.

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We both enjoyed the fire service, hunting, fishing and visiting our favorite restaurant and watering hole! We both had children born the same month and have been the best of friends since.

Now to The “Paul Harvey” part of the Story // The owners of our favorite watering hole sold the business and started a fishing guide business at a beautiful lake in Va. We often fished with them // sometimes together // sometimes with other friends // But what really sealed the “bond” between us was a trip in the fall of 1998. Myself and three other friends had a trip planned for a Friday // My buddy “Cor” had one the following day // One of my guys had to work // so I invited “Cor” to come down and fish with us on Friday and he could meet his guys on Saturday // Well he said he was too busy // Long story short , We caught two Va. State Citation Fish and threw back many Big Fish //We were enjoying a glass of iced tea when “Cor” and his crew arrived !!  They of course asked “What did you catch?”, Our captain (smile on his face) told them.One of the guys said “I don’t believe it! Show me!” So we showed him and since then we have “All” fished together // Two boats and eight anglers!!

This is Where, When and Why the “AlCor” Began

Over the years we have had most of the original group of men // But due to work schedules , vacations, health issues, we have had to occasionally Go to what I ,”Al” call “The Bull Pen” the friends who go when called // The “Cor” Team has remained the same  since the beginning . The “Al”Team” has had to use the Bull Pen over the years !! As I am Jokingly reminded by “Cor” and his “fellow anglers”!!

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Both teams consist of a group of men with very diverse backgrounds // but all love to fish , eat and enjoy their families and friends /Most of us are members of the Volunteer Fire Service // All but Two are now
retired // Seven are Veterans with Three who served in Vietnam // An exceptional group of men who would
do most anything for each other // “True Friends”.

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The/Studio: What have you learned since starting AlCor?

Richard: We Fish-We are not a Business!

The/Studio: What have you learned since starting AlCor?

Richard: We learned to never say no to a fishing Invite!

The/Studio: What about AlCor are you most proud of?

Richard: Most proud of our ability to still enjoy our trips and friendships.

The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face?

Richard: Greatest Challenge ” To Beat the Other Teams Big Fish.

The/Studio: Where do you see Alcor in 10 years?

Richard: If not in underground “condominiums”, still fishing with our friends.

The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave? 

Richard: Hope to show our children and grand children the joys, rewards and lasting bonds between true friends.

The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

Richard: Over the years we have had AlCor shirts and hats, but felt it was time for an “Official Patch”!!

The/Studio: How are you going to use this custom product? 

Richard: We will use them for whatever the guys choose to do with them , hats , shirts , fridge magnets!

The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

Richard: Fall Fishing Trip, but both boats are booked, but I can give you their phone number for a trip of your own!

The/Studio: Is there anything our community members can do to help?

Richard: Just tell your members to enjoy their families and friends each and ever day. And send a check to your Local Volunteer Fire Department or Rescue Squad!

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