Buck Seventy-two, A destiny of Will
Buck Seventy-Two was born out of my attempt to write about my professional career and life. It started on the fifty-yard line of Giants Stadium, home of the New York Football Giants and Jets of the NFL, where I served as Vice President. By this time, I had a very successful career and I wanted to share the journey and many of the fun and not so fun stories of my experiences over the years.
As I wrote, I just didn’t feel right, the words were not flowing and a strange inner feeling loomed. I was nearly twenty pages in, until it hit me. I stopped typing, looked around as if someone tapped me on the shoulder and asked a question, “Who Are You?” My eyes dotting from place to place as my mind raced for an answer. Pausing and searching, I became frightened, I was scared, shaking a little, nervously I suppose, and I felt lost.
Siting at the kitchen table writing, I realized that since the day I ran away from home as a young teen, I had never stopped running. My body and brain was always in perpetual motion. Flashing back over the years, my thoughts stopped at a dark place, thoughts of abandonment as a child, living from place to place, the abuse of my father, being left alone, working as a child laborer, the longing for my mother, and yes her love, perhaps any love for that matter.
It was clear that I could not write about my career and life to this point, as I did not know who I was nor what I stood for. Wondering and reminiscing, thoughts of “What if”, roared in; “what if”, my father too had rejected me, “What if”, I didn’t have loving grandparents who were there and whom served also role models. “What if”, my cousin, aunts and uncles had not taken me in, “What if” I had gotten into a gang, “What if”, my brother Garland, sister Patricia and I were not there for each other? “What if I had gone into the military? “Thoughts of “What if” kept interrupting my consciousness. “What if I had not trusted the right man when I got off the bus in the heart of New York? I had to write this book and deal with the battle within that had always haunted me.
Mr. Perkins is a 37 year public assembly industry veteran with a vast array of expertise in venue management, including his 24 year service as Vice President at the Meadowlands Sports Authority, home to the New York Football Giants and Jets, IZod Center, and Meadowlands Racetrack. Former home to the NBA NJ Nets, NHL NJ Devils, NCAA Section Hall Basketball, NASCAR Grand Prix, MISL Cosmos Soccer and a host of world-class events.
He is a Certified Facilities Executive (CFE), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Crowd Management Professional (CMP). As a Private Investigator, he held a Department of Defense Top Secret Clearance.
He is the author of “Buck Seventy-Two, A Destiny of Will,” 2015, “Crowd Safety and Survival – Practical Event and Public Gathering Safety Tips,” 2004; “Crowd Management; in the eye of the storm”, 1997; and has written numerous articles for the IAVM Facility Manager Magazine, Stadia Magazine, Teen People Magazine and others. He is an internationally renowned Crowd Management expert. More recently, Larry appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and a NBC TV Dateline segment on crowd safety and survival entitled, “Get Out Alive.”
Perkins served as the 80th President of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) from 2006 to 2007.
Mr. Perkins was appointed by the Governor of the State of North Carolina to the North Carolina State Emergency Response Commission. He is the recipient of the 2013 Prestigious Charles A. McElravy Award, the Johnson and Wales Distinguished Visiting Professor Award and State of New Jersey Senate Resolution.