Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, you've always stressed to us the importance of looking someone in the eye and shaking their hand, especially older people we might have met somewhere. Why?
A: It shows a level of confidence in yourself but also respect for the other person. And, I always appreciate it when one of your friends comes up to me and says hello. It leaves an impression.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...