Fourth-generation logger Bobby Goodson was born in Jacksonville, N.C., in 1964 and started going to the woods soon after that. He landed his first logging job at 11 years old, when he spent the summer working for his father. But the highlight of Bobby's life thus far came a couple of years later at age 13, when he met a local girl named Lori Mueller. They started dating a year later and have been together ever since.
Bobby went to school and got a degree in graphic communications from Chowan College. But with the advent of computer graphics Bobby found his degree obsolete and went back to work for his father. In 1986 Bobby started his own company, but he didn't start working the swamps with a shovel until 1996. Now, he proudly employs 17 people full time and, along with his son, Justin, owns his own slogging trucks. Bobby and Lori have two grown children â€“ Justin and his sister, Britney - and four grandchildren, with a fifth on the way.