A longtime Gulfport, Mississippi, resident, George Thatcher has observed the many changes wrought on the beach by both nature and man.
George Thatcher has long kept a diary of his daily sojourns on the beach. At first, he did this for his own musing. Then, at the suggestion of a good friend, Thatcher submitted some of his writings to a local newspaper, The Sun (Biloxi, Mississippi). To his delight, he was asked to author a column to appear in the newspaper six days a week. The column has been a tremendous success.
George Thatcher retired as chairman of Magnolia Federal Bank's Coast Division in 1992 (now Regions Bank), where he still has an office. His 23-year banking career followed 21 years as a partner in Rand-Thatcher Advertising Agency.
A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, George Thatcher has been active in many Coast and state organizations. He was formerly chairman of the Mississippi Arts Commission. He is active in the Catholic Church, attending Mass daily.
At 85, George Thatcher's pleasure in beach walking has remained constant since his youth. He still enjoys many other interests, including chess, competitive tennis, reading, and classical music.
George Thatcher is the author of Beach Walks (out of print), Beach Walks II (out of print), Scenes from the Beach, and A Decade of Beach Walks.