Born: August 8, 1952
Career field: Computer Consultant, Military Contractor
Personal Quote: "It wasn't me!"
I was born in Peoria (of "will it play in Peoria" fame"), Illinois back in August of 1952. I escaped as soon as I was old enough to crawl and moved around a bunch until I found a reasonable place to live.
During this process I have been in all 50 states, all Canadian provinces and 28 countries. I have lived in Alaska (before it was a state), Washington (5 cities), Oregon, California (4 cities), Texas, Mississippi, Illinois, Delaware and Arizona. I am now settled back in Tacoma.
I started my career in computers in 1972 in the US Air Force as an "Electronic Computer Maintenance Repairman" (AFSC 30554a) working on a 1400 series system made by IBM modified by AT&T and was located deep underground at March AFB in Riverside, CA. It was underground because it was one of 3 of its kind and was part of the control system for the US defense network.
war was over (Vietnam) in 1975, and I was RIFed (reduction in
force) out of the USAF and headed home to Tacoma. I went back to school to learn a
few things to make me employable in something other than
computers and electronics and got a 2 yr. degree in Criminal
Justice -- of course by the time I finished that they changed
the hiring requirements for Police and I no longer
qualified. I decided to concentrate on computers.
doing these things I also Joined the Civil
Air Patrol (a search &
rescue unit and USAF Auxiliary) and received a couple of
awards: a "find" ribbon for being first to located a downed
aircraft, and a Lifesaving Award for finding a missing person
before they came to harm. (disabled person who needed
medication). I was Communications Officer for Mt Rainier
Squadron and then Information Systems Officer for Washington
while decided to start my own business and so was born Pacific
Computer Consultants in July of 1986. The business grew
from about 15 customers the first 6 months (well what do you
expect from a home based business start up?) and grew to having
a income able to be my sole source of income in 1990 and from
there from just paying the bills to giving me enough income to
buy all sorts of new gadgets and 'toys'. I closed
Pacific Computer Consultants in 1996 and after wrapping up other
loose ends I moved to Eugene, OR.
After getting settled in Eugene I reopened the business under the name of Willamette Computer Consultants in April of 1998 (another company had the PCC name in Oregon). Since Eugene had a much smaller customer base I was forced to also work for a local software company (doing tech support) to supplement my income. During that time I reduced my business to a hobby business and concentrated in making my job at the software company my primary career path. I left that company in Sept of 2001 and again took my business to full time.
moved back to Tacoma in March of 2002 and reopened the
business. I moved due to the lack of a large enough
customer base to support a full time business.
business didn't pick up as much as I thought it would so I tried
a few new fields of employment. I knew driving Taxi was
easy to do and was not hard to get into so I started driving
Taxi in 2003 (no not for Yellow Cab). I drove for 3 yrs
and though it was enjoyable there was not much money in
it. I stopped driving Taxi in Dec of 2005. Then went to
work for Nintendo the same year. I worked there until my
I started working for a military contractor in January of 2006. To help train US military members for deployment to various places where they will be dealing with 'alleged' terrorists. I did this off and on until 2009 while driving Taxi
I went back to
driving Taxi (same company) in 2007 and drove for 3 years. After having my first
heart attack I moved
into dispatching for the Taxi company and left due to
outsourcing Dec 2013.
I have had a couple heart
attacks and some stents put in (7
total) so have
had to limit some of my
activities and scale my
life around my medications.
I am now mostly
retired, though I try
to pick up odd jobs
here and there
I am now
involved with the
(first in Second
Black Rocky City ESD
2012 I was prevented
by medical issues
going to the high
(altitude and heat).
I got evolved with
the local regional
NW) as a NW
Ranger. I now
go yearly to the
"Critical Burn" each
year in July and
volunteer my service
as a NW Ranger.
Anyway....looks like this turned out not to really be a bio - more of a history.
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(last updated March 01, 2017)