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Retired Coal Miner.

Had a guaranteed assistanceship to UofI for doctorial work in physics but didn't want to end up with a mindless job so I took up coal mining instead (there might have been other reasons).

Wrote 3-D flight simulators with shading (in assembly) on two platforms (my shading preceded Flight Simulator's introduction of that feature). Taught assembly language years ago for Z80, 6809 and 8086.

Designed, built and marketed interface boards for and extinct (aren't they all?) computer. The board and periphial software/hardware found it's way into diverse applications (gas chromography analyzer, iris control for UofF's particle accelerator, and analysis of composites for MacDonald's Douglas' forward swept fighter research). I also designed a very early optical scanner. At design time I wasn't aware of the existence of any other available product (Zerox ordered one of everything I made).

I stay in shape by biking about 20 miles/day & lifting 3 times a week but work long hours for Northrop. I try to squeeze life in around work.

Interest include dropping Corvette engines in Porsches; playing with 3D (just moving to .NET. and GDI+), "neat" fabrication technologies (including carbon fiber), and writing/playing computer games.

My brother and I vacation to each other's twice a year and always collaberate some exotic project. Some work, some are "incomplete". Latest efforts include a pitching machine for the grandkids, a robotic lawnmower and a recumbent trike (trike is made from carbon fiber, expansion foam and aluminum).

The only problem with life is we aren't getting out of it alive. I relish every hour I breath and laugh more than about 99% of folk.


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