In His Own Words: Alexander Brast Thomas
I have reached a time in life when one of the questions I'm asked most often is, "You have lived a long and productive life 'what's your secret?" My answer is a simple one: Curiosity, and a mind and body capable of taking it wherever it wants to go. From my earliest years, I've been driven by a profound, insatiable thirst for knowledge. This love of learning has been the defining characteristic of my life, both personal and professional.
I spent the first three days after I was born in Henderson, Kentucky, a little town near where the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi. It was April 1914, and my father, a civil engineer, was building the first of a series of locks and dams that eventually would free the farmers of the Upper and Lower Mississippi from the tyranny of price gouging by the railroads. This was where I was first exposed to the discipline that was to become my own profession many years later.