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Will Lyster

Former candidate for City Council. Man about Town.

Where is he now?

In 1994, Will Lyster ran with Brian Campbell for City Council against Democrats Kay Slaughter and David Toscano. Will then started his own business, Spectrum Computer Corporation.

On January 5, 1998, Will went into partnership with Bill Nitchmann (Albemarle Planning Commission - Scottsville Dist.) to establish a company known as Computer Solutions - The Technology Center.

They sold this business in November to Automated Office Systems, who is still running it as Computer Solutions.

You can currently find Will hanging out at WoodLine (Custom Cabinets and Mantles).

More to come....

Proust Questionnaire (Adapted from Vanity Fair, January 2001)

 1. What is your greatest fear? I am a pretty confident person, however I have always been afraid of being shot by my own gun. It's not necessarily that I'm afraid of being shot - it just means that I have lost control or allowed the situation to escalate to such a point where as I should have stopped while I was ahead. 
 2. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I know in my heart and mind what is good and what my intentions are but
sometimes have trouble making them known verbally and end up sounding like I meant the opposite.
 3. What is your greatest extravagance? Almost anything I buy is extravagant, however I should have prefaced by
saying that if it weren't extravagant, it was probably not worth the money
too me - I like long-lasting quality and often it is too expensive at the
4. What is your favorite journey? It took me over two months to drive from Palm Beach, FL to Seattle, WA. It took that long because I drove to the northern-most U.S. border and the
southern-most U.S. border 8 times along the way! I have now seen the entire continental United States
5. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Of the Cardinal Virtues: prudence
Of the Theological Virtues: love
Of the Contrary Virtues: kindness
6. What do you dislike most about your appearance? My hair has a tendency to grow straight forward like Ross's on "Friends'. I know it seems like a trendy style but I hate it. I brush it back and end up with some weird cowlick. 
7. Which living person do you most despise? I don't really despise him, but I do despise the tactics and overall
strategy of the Rev. Jesse Jackson. 
8. Which words or phrases do you most overruse? Yeah, well I tend to say "Yeah, well..." an awful lot
9. What or who is the greatest love of your life? There is a tie between Jenn, my wife and my love for learning something I
don't already know.
10. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Beowulf.
11. What do you consider your greatest achievement? To date, it is getting married - man, what a commitment...
12. What is your most treasured possission? My family photo album. 
13. What do you regard as the lowest depth of human misery? Being lost, lonely, hungry and cold without a knife.
14.Where would you like to live? Kinsale, Ireland.
15. Who are your favorite writers? Jane Austen, Bill Mauldin, and Karl von Clausewitz
16. Who are your heroes in real life? Jesse Owens, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager and anyone who has defied those
who said it couldn't be done.
17. How would you like to die? No thanks.
18. What is your motto? Don't worry, don't analyze - decide quickly or just do it.
19. What is it that you most dislike? Ignorance and the fact that racism is perpetual and really seems to center
in the United States.
20. What is your greatest regret? That men don't wear suits and hats anymore - I would have enjoyed tipping my hat to ladies.
21. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?  I hope that I come back as an English Springer Spaniel - have you ever seen the way girls melt all over them? I'd have big droopy eyes, soft, fluffy
ears and I'd wag my tail and smile with my tongue hanging out all day.

Lyst Old Times Be Forgot

In 1998, as we bring in a new Republican administration, note the picture above, taken by Ed Allen in the Jefferson National Bank parking lot about a week before election day (1993). Courtesy of Will Lyster, pictured left to right are: George Allen, Will Lyster, Randolph Byrd, and Mike Brown. I am told that place mats were made out of the photo.

Jollie Ollie

This picture was taken (again by the late Ed Allen) at the Harley Davidson Parking lot in Orange - no doctoring. I like it because I love to see the 'I-smell-catshit' sneer when people look at it.

Two types of people get that small "nose-raising/wrinkling" when they talk:

1. Academics: people who are (or think they are) smarter than the rest of us and

2. People who say 'Ollie North' in public conversation within the Charlottesville city limits (Will Lyster, electronic mail, May 4, 2000).

Card Carrying Member of the NRA

For more see Happiness is ... and Will Lyster on Million Moms March.

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