Born in Fresno, California, on November 25, 1952 ( ...yeah, I'm already fast approaching becoming an old guy...).
Graduated from California State University Fresno, in June 1978, with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a minor in physics.
Worked at various analytical and industrial labs, still in Fresno, which is about as far as that B.S. will take one without any significant social contacts.
I finally realized, altogether too late in 1991, that a career based upon breathing acid fumes and exposing oneself to potent carcinogens while being harried worse than an air-traffic controller ( only without the pay scale ) was not in my best interests. And so, still deluding myself with the belief that a stable and honest career has to be achieved before the pursuit of any of life's other commitments, I converted my electronics hobby ( and nothing else ) to a job skill. I then found employment with a local company, but still in Fresno, where I worked with naive loyalty for many years.
In early 1995 I wrote a science-fiction book, based upon my fascination with the concept of time-travel, and the British TV series "Doctor Who". Arrg!...don't ask!
And then... circumstances ( apparently at least partly including reasons not entirely unrelated to the above... I said don't ask! )... taught me the meaning of the terms "office politics", and "downsizing", and also "Nooobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!!! MWAHAHAHAHA!!!".
Follow this with a short string of short term jobs ( yes... still in Fresno )... turned 50 something... sold the house ( just barely in the nick of time )... and currently I am doing my duty as yet another casualty of this nations' glorious partisan politics, and all of the wonderful economic repercussions that very naturally entails.
I am finally attempting to complete one of my more... ambitious... projects.
Oh! And I've moved 10 miles east to Clovis. So... there has been some improvement.