He thought his Navy days would be behind him when his military obligation ended, but it was only the beginning. Gerry Lenfest stayed on in the Naval Reserve and used what he learned in the Navy to help build a small cable TV company into one of the largest in the industry. Here’s how it all worked out.
Sometimes there’s an obvious connection between a person’s military service and the career that he pursues in civilian life. Take the supply officer who later became a retailing executive, or the fighter pilot who continued flying—for an airline. Mine was more subtle than that.
On the surface, the time I spent in the Navy had no visible link with my first few years as a corporate lawyer or later as a cable TV executive. But the Navy has been a major influence and continuing presence in my life, and I stayed with it—in the Reserve—until I retired.