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About me...

My bio

Not wanting to bore you with all the trivial details, I'll try to keep this as short as possible.

I was born August 18, 1955, in the city of Far Rockaway, NY, one week after the death of Albert Einstein. Yes, I'm a Leo. And Leos love the color orange. 'Nuff said.

When I was three, my father moved us to Oceanside, Long Island, in search of something less urbanesque and a good place to raise his kids. It was in Oceanside that I would remain until I finally sprouted my own set of wings and left home.

I did well in school, completing all my high school requirements in three years instead of four, and graduated with what was then called an Honor Regents Diploma. For whatever reasons though, instead of moving on to college, I chose to enlist in the Air Force. Thinking back, I suspect the influence some of my "better" friends had on me had much to do with that decision.

Anyway, after a couple of years of basic and technical training, and a stint at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, I received an assignment to Torrejon Air Base, Spain, just 11 miles outside of Madrid.

Europe. Spain. The running of the bulls. Matadors and Flamenco dancers. Franco's Guardia, ages-old castles, beautiful women. It seemed like a great opportunity for adventure to a then relatively young and inexperienced guy, so I decided to stay in the Air Force instead of getting out at the end of my original four year contract. Little did I know then that this decision would lead to the beginning of many years of what I now fondly look back on as the adventure of a life time.

All told, I spent the next 15 years in Europe, moving from assignment to assignment, country to country. The list follows:

  • Torrejon, Spain
  • Incirlik, Turkey
  • Soesterberg, Holland
  • Bentwaters, England
  • Nörvenich, Germany
  • Leipheim, Germany

When it was all said and done, I had lived and loved, seen and done things most of my fellow countrymen never get the chance to. I was there when Franco died, when the Wall came down in Berlin. I've walked the rural Dutch canals in Holland and cast my eyes upon the historic remnants of war—concrete bunkers with rusting iron window gratings blown out from the inside. I've eaten and partied with people from many different countries, laughed and cried, and worked and relaxed with them. Europeans can be some of the best in the world, once you get to know them. Enough on all of that though, maybe more at a later date, in the correct forum.

Anyway, where was I. Oh, yes, my life.

After the Air Force, I worked my way up through a series of jobs, and into the communication professions. As a Systems Integration Technican and Field Service Engineer for a company that produced Electronic Warfare Simulator Systems, I taught engineers in Ankarra the fine art of programming Electronic Warfare Simulations, and installed large multiple-processor, digital-microwave RF systems in many different places. A little later, I kicked myself in the butt and finally got my Bachelors Degree in Electronics Management, Summa Cum Laude, via the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale. Of late, I found myself moving up to New York's North Country to be near my last full-time employer, eventually settling in the heart of the Adirondack mountains.

Hopefully, all this wasn't too boring—I wanted to give you, the reader, something with which to gauge what I'm really like. Professionally speaking, I focus on the task(s) at hand, apply my combined experience, knowledge, and skills, in getting the job done. Personally though, I've come to realize that for the most part, we're all fairly similar when it comes to our likes and dislikes. Knowing how to differentiate between those two, how to mesh well with others, whether professionally or personally, is often the key to getting that job done, and success.

 

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