Every month we highlight one of our troopers to share a bit about themselves and how the their Legion commitment affects their lives. This month, we want to highlight Wade Beals, a successful volunteer costumer for the 501st Legion, taste tester, and brother of the Empire!
501st Alias/Callsign – TKID
What is your name and why did you pick your 501st Alias?
Wade Beals; my call sign on the Garrison boards is just my name, but on some other boards it is Binx. This has nothing at all to do with Jar Jar Binks! It is the name of a character from one of my favorite books, The Moviegoer.
When did you join the Legion and why?
I joined almost exactly 2 years ago. I was looking to do something outside of my usual comfort zone, to do something that provided an opportunity to help others, and of course because of a long time love of Star Wars.
Of all of the troops you have been a part of, which one has stood out the most & why?
The troop at Scottish Rite has had the biggest impact, because it was exactly the sort of thing I hoped to do by joining the Legion, helping others. Even if it was just making some sick kids smile for an hour or so, it was obvious that they and their families were very glad to see us.
How has being a part of the 501st impacted your life?
Being somewhat of a hermit and a homebody, it has helped broaden my social circle exponentially and meet some great people both in and outside of the Legion. I’ve had the opportunity do things I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do. Being backstage at the symphony as they played the Imperial March and visiting John Schuerholz’s suite at Suntrust Park were both very cool moments.
Outside of trooping and 501st related stuff, what do you do for a living, and what are some other interests or hobbies that you have?
I’m a Senior Analyst at an investigative research/litigation support company. Other than 501st stuff I am an avid cook. I also build scale models and paint gaming and other miniature figures, including Star Wars related stuff. I’m also a huge movie and music fan and enjoy cycling when I can find the time.
Can you give us an idea as to the kind of support you get from friends and family regarding the 501st and all the great things that you have done with the GA Garrison?
My wife was a bit hesitant at first about the whole thing, but ever since showing her the fist pictures from my troops, especially all the excited kids, she has been very supportive and is happy to cover for me at home when I go troop. The kids, love the charitable aspect of what I do, especially my oldest daughter whose sorority regularly holds fund raising activities for Make-A-Wish Georgia.
And lastly, is there anything, Star Wars related or not, that people might not know about you that they might be surprised to find out? *
I’m the Senior Warden at my church. Also I can cook just about anything from a traditional Thanksgiving meal, to quiche and coq au vin, or real, traditional ramen. If I were young and single, I’d own and operate a taco truck.
Sounds like we all need to head to Wade’s for tapas. Thank you so much for the great responses, sir!