Carol Randall: On Target
Carol Randall, two time past president of the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, was born to a Navy family in Memphis, Tenn.
She attended an all-girls high school in Louisville, Ky. before attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. Randall, who is recently widowed, has two grown sons and eight grandchildren. She is a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Q: Describe a special memory you have in the High Desert.
A: One of my fondest and earliest memories here was waking up in Barstow for the first time and watching the sun come up from my balcony. I was breathless with the sheer beauty and the colors.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: In my free time I read copiously, catch up with friends and craft.
Q: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
A: My secret passion is competition shooting. Even though I do not compete anymore, I still practice.
Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A: The world needs to practice real understanding and respect. We are all different and understanding those differences and respecting the right to be different is a goal we should always strive for, ultimately.
Q: If you could change one thing about the High Desert, what would it be?
A: I would break Barstow and all the High Desert cities all the way to Needles out of San Bernardino county and create a new one. San Bernardino County is too large and many of the rural areas get left out. No one’s fault really; it is just too big to be effective for the residents.
Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
A: I would have loved to dine with Lincoln, minus Mrs. Lincoln. This could be a very interesting dinner considering where he came from to go on and be one of the most influential persons that ever existed.
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: My children became the most influential people of my life. From the moment of their birth, it ceased to be about me; it was all about them. This was a huge life moment for me.
Q: What talent do you most wish you had?
A: I wish I had the talent of patience. I move quickly, kind of like “seize the moment,” but working with government has taught me some level of patience; not always with pleasure, but I am learning.
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: My favorite quote comes from my grandmother. "The Lord never gives you more then you can handle, but sometimes you wish he didn't trust you so much.” I have kept that my entire life.
Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?
A: I would offer the next generation this piece of advice. Be aware. Knowledge is power. Collectively, like kind thinkers and true knowledge will rule the day. Be engaged and do not depend on others to worry about your welfare; you may be terribly disappointed in the outcome.
Q: Tell us about the charities or causes that are close to your heart and why.
A: My favorite charity is the Chamber and anything to do with small business. The dreamer, the entrepreneur made this country great. Big business started somewhere. It is one of the greatest natural resources we have in this country and instead of doing everything in our power to promote and protect these individuals we save trees, bugs, and the list goes on.
Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: I am the proudest of Barstow and her people. They are open, kind, faithful and hard workers. Being a part of this community makes me proud every day.
Q: What’s your favorite movie and why?
A: My favorite movie is “Terms of Endearment.” The mix of the generations, enduring loss and change and still coming through, together in the end especially with a sense of humor.
Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about living in the High Desert?
A: My favorite thing about the High Desert is the desert itself. The beauty, the climate and it's ability to humble you with it vastness.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: The best thing about my job is working for a company that believes in Barstow as much as I do. I get to promote Barstow every day — how great is that!
Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: The book that affected me greatly was “The Grapes Of Wrath.” Talk about adversity and the resilience of the human race. This made me see the world in a whole other light.
Q: Of all the places you’ve been, what’s your favorite and why?
A: One of my favorite places is in Truckee by the Donner Party Memorial. Behind it is a wonderful little meadow with a stream running through it. One of the best introspective spaces I have ever known.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I have been blessed to have traveled extensively throughout my life, but never made it to Japan. I love the way they retain their heritage and embrace their future. Difficult to do but they seem to be getting along.
Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A: I would like to establish a preservation group for downtown and complete the restoration of the Harvey House. What a beautiful heritage Barstow is blessed with. We need to keep it alive for all future generations.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat in the High Desert?
A: Having a favorite place to eat is troublesome as there are so many great eateries out there. I love being able to pursue my taste no matter what it is that day.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: I hope that in 10 years I will still be working within and for my community.
Q: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: My favorite guilty pleasure is an A&W root beer float. Bet you didn't expect that.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A: Hope this gives you some clue as to who I am. Good luck on your project.