Today's Featured Biography
(1) I’ve had 2 kids, 2 wives and one job for the past 30+ years.
(2) Spend my leisure time flying my motorglider, sea kayaking, skiing, biking, hiking, motorcycling, scuba diving (started that 2 years ago), lots of traveling and sewing.
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Born in Douglas, WY, I moved to Casper for my high school years. Joined the USAF in July, 1960, to see the world and not go to college right away. After testing, AF sent me to Russian language school at Indiana University, then to Peshawar, Pakistan for 15 months, and back to D.C. at NSA to finish out my 4 year stint.
Came back to Casper College in 1964 for two years, where I married Caryl Hagen. We went to DU for a quarter, and then Jan Wright's efforts came thru with an appointment from Senator Gale McGee as a capitol policeman in D.C.
Moved there the winter of '66. Worked as a cop the Hill while attending Georgetown, moving off into various accounting and controllers positions. Spent a couple of years working in the private hospital industry where I got involved in computers. Started my own computer software company in July, 1973, working on the new IBM mini computers. Managed that business thru several major business cycles, meaning we had come good years and some really crappy ones, until 2006, when an old client made me a offer I couldn't refuse to buy the company.
Caryl and I had two kids, Andrew and Catherine. We divorced in 1983, shortly after I got sober. We had separated because of my drinking and general crappy behavior as a drunk. I remarried in 1987, and am still with Susan.
As noted, I learned to fly gliders, single and twin engine planes in good and bad weather, and float planes all of which I owned at one time or another. Started riding motorcycles in 2005 with a trip to Slovenia, where all my grandparents emigrated from. Been riding in Europe somewhere ever since, seeing Scotland, Wales, England, Spain, Basque country, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey and Morocco as well as a lot of Colorado. Moved to Boulder in 2007 to be near my daughter and her family.
Somewhere along the way, I learned to sew, and still have three heavy duty machines and a lot of fabric! Built and paddled three kayaks in the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound. Took up skiing in '98 and now enjoy the special senior's rates here in Colorado.
Learned to scuba dive a couple years ago, and have over 100 dives in Mexico, Honduras, Thailand and Fiji.
Have a couple of push bikes, as my Aussie friends call them, for rides around the local terrain.
All in all, my health is good, I feel good, and look forward to each day, rain or shine! Staying active helps. Have become a bit of a gym rat to get the exercise I need.
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