Inspired by teachers, Havelock native Gary Shelton found his passion and a career

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Entertainer Gary Shelton performs the Mother of All Diamonds trick in which he turns coal into diamonds. It’s a trick that was inspired by his fifth-grade teacher in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 09:16 PM.

Entertainer Gary Shelton credits much of his success to the inspiration of the teachers he encountered growing up in Havelock.

Today, at 54, Shelton is still remembering the influence of those educators in his magic act when he turns charcoal into diamonds.

The trick is based on the kindness of his fifth-grade teacher, Carolyn Green, at what was then West Havelock Elementary School, which is now called Arthur W. Edwards Elementary.

"That’s based on what she saw in her kids and what she brought out," Shelton. "She was a great lady. She saw stuff and she came prepared. She always challenged us. She kept the class involved and inspired. She was one of those teachers I will never forget."

Shelton said teachers in Havelock usually had connections and experiences from everywhere and were willing to share them with their students.

"It was wonderful growing up in Havelock because the school teachers were from all over the world," he said. "You had a school teacher that might have been in Okinawa the year before, or Quantico, or Twentynine Palms. Mrs. Green had been everywhere and so she could share. We’d have international dinners with meals from around the world, which wasn’t hard to do when you’ve got military kids’ parents because they’ve been all around the world or came from there."

Shelton grew up in Ketner Heights. His father, J.R. Shelton, built the first house in the neighborhood.



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