He was born Maxwell Light, but his mother christened him "Buddy," after the old standard "My Buddy."
He's gone by the name Bud Light ever since.
He even received a call one time from the Budweiser headquarters, where members of the marketing department were searching for men named "Bud Light" all over the country. They found eight.
But his name isn't the only interesting thing about him. Light, a Chicago native who moved to the Lake Norman area 11 years ago, didn't pick up a tennis racket until the age of 50. After that, he was hooked.
"Tennis is helping me to keep me alive," said Light, now 79 years old and a tennis instructor with Bud Light Tennis. "It's a good sport for both seniors and younger people. My mother, who lived to be 100 years old, used to have a saying -- age is mind over matter. If you don't mind, age doesn't matter."
He first became interested in tennis while watching pros such as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors play on television. He decided to give tennis a try, and worked hard at perfecting his game, which he admits did not come easily at first.
Light, who lives with his wife, Gail, in the Vineyard Point Yacht and Tennis Club, now teaches a variety of students of all ages year round, seven days a week.
"It's just such a glorious game," said Light. "There are never two games that are ever the same. It's a very important part of Americana."
Light has always enjoyed participating in a variety of sports, including football, baseball, soccer and swimming. He doesn't consider himself retired, just living the next phase of his life, which previously included running a musical theatrical company in Chicago for almost 25 years. The cast members of the self-contained traveling revue performed excerpts of Broadway musicals, and Light wrote and produced every show. He also worked in marketing and public relations and is a published poet, penning verses about personal relationships and the passages of time.
After moving to the Lake Norman area, Light first began teaching classes at the Y and Central Piedmont Community College, but soon found he preferred teaching in smaller group settings, where students could receive more individualized attention.
"I don't like teaching classes with more than four people on the court at a time," he said.
He now teaches team clinics and doubles classes with emphasis on court strategy and proper positioning.
His teaching technique is hands-on, and he enjoys getting out and socializing with his students while teaching them the finer points of the game in both singles and doubles.
"I teach tennis as a running sport with a racket," said Light, who has taught children as young as 4 and adults up to 80.
He is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Registry and the United States Tennis Association as well as the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. He is alsoactive with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. He still takes tennis lessons because the rules of the sport are constantly changing.
"Tennis is joy for me," said Light. "That's my great joy - to see people learning a sport they will play for the rest of their lives."