– So Far
I “grew up” in a
series of small villages in Northwestern
Ohio. In 1951, my father moved our family of
five to a suburb of Charleston, West Virginia.
After I graduated from high-school, I
worked and attended college in West Virginia
until 1959. I then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio
to seriously attend college. While I was in Cincinnati,
my parents moved to North Dakota.
(They did tell me that they were
I lived in Cincinnati
for about three years where I attended school and worked as a
engineer. From Cincinnati,
after serving six
months of active duty in the Air National Guard, in 1963, I went to Los Angeles
worked as a draftsman and technical illustrator in the defense
couple of years later, my so-called “career”
finally began when I went to work
for Pacific Bell (now integrated into AT&T) as an engineer. I
a telecommunications network planner, financial analyst, and then an
information systems planner. I finally graduated from college in California
physics major. I married in 1968 and again in 1976
– both to California
girls. The last marriage stuck.
We have no children –
In 1974, Pacific Bell moved me to San Francisco and in 1989 to New Jersey
as a Data Architect. In 1991, I took an early
retirement offering from Pacific Bell. This allowed me to remain in the
job in New
but as an employee of Bell Communications Research (a.k.a. Bellcore,
now part of Ericsson). In that job, I became Bellcore’s
to several national
and international standards organizations and traveled widely.
In Los Angeles,
I became a passionate "rag" sailor, starting with a small sailboat. I
gradually traded up until I was the proud owner of a 41' catch in San
Francisco. When we moved
the boat was replaced by a horse barn. My wife’s passion for
my ardor for sailing.
While in New Jersey, my
wife and I began to consider where we were
going to “settle down”. We bought land in Southern
Carolina where we planned to build
farm. I left the telecommunications industry in 1999 and my wife and I
as her horses, dogs, and cats moved to North Carolina.
We bought a small house in Pinehurst where
we planned to live until we could build. I began working as an
Consultant, first in Raleigh (IBM & SciQuest) and then in
(Wachovia, Bank of America, TIAA-CREF). Both of these cities are beyond
commute range so I lived in an apartment during the week and spent
After working elsewhere for six
years, in 2005 I agreed to
my wife’s “request” that I would live at
home full time. Since there are no suitable
jobs near home, I am pleasantly retired.
We still have not started building
our horse farm. But, we
have cleared the land and put it into pasture.
In 1999, I began working on my
genealogy. My obsession to
identify my relatives and ancestors took over a significant
part of my
I have now begun to play the cornet.
I played in
high-school and college. I have joined two amateur concert bands and I
daily. The remainder of my time seems consumed by house and pasture
maintenance. I have begun to neglect genealogy.