Thinking About Life

The picture here from my Facebook friend The Idealist brought back some rather pleasant memories. In the past and to a much lesser degree even today I have often sat out on a starry night and talked to myself about life. These were often times where I was approaching meltdown due to having so many people around me.¬† One of the main purposes was to be alone with my thoughts so, no, there was no one with me. Many of those 2am nights were while I was attending college at Purdue University. It seems I was never along except for … Continue reading Thinking About Life

Oh, The Food…

I just realized that I have not given a truly autobiographical post in quite some time so here goes. This one is about my college years and particularly how I earned a major portion of the money needed to pay for my education. When I was in college now fifty years ago one of the things that almost everyone, or at least those in the dormitories, complained about is how bad the food in the cafeteria is. Its kind of like hospital food I guess. You are not supposed to like it. But, as usual, I take a different stand. … Continue reading Oh, The Food…

Five Years….

I spent a very enlightening part of my life between the years 1965 and 1970. ¬†Those were the years I was¬†at Purdue University supposedly learning how to be an engineer. It was there that ¬†I was first exposed to the diversity of life. I met people who were very different from me. For the most part those experiences made me a better person.¬†On this post I want to concentrate on a few of those I encountered during those years. My first dormitory room-mate was a high school classmate. He got married at the end of the first semester and was … Continue reading Five Years….

Being a Writer….

You can‚Äôt stop a person if he gets it in his head he can write. – June 11, 1933 ¬†Will Rogers You got me pegged Will! Although I am not an “official” published author in the old sense of the word I do have it in my head that I can write. My teachers over the years, both in high school and college, told me I could write. I certainly enjoy putting the virtual pen to paper as they say. Now that I am older I have more experiences to use as sources so I think maybe I have more … Continue reading Being a Writer….

Starry Starry Night…

When I was young I guess I was sometimes a pretty serious guy as I often thought about what the future would be like. I enjoyed sitting out in the dark of night looking at the stars and thinking about what my life would be like “x” years in the future. I would lie down on my back in the grass and look at the stars for hours at a time. One time I thought I was meant to be an astronomer but I learned that looking at stars and really knowing them are two different things. One requires just … Continue reading Starry Starry Night‚Ķ

Career opportunities then and now..

I graduated from Purdue University in 1970 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I was the first one in either Mom or Dad’s family that had graduated from college. Because Dad was a milk man and Mom had abandoned him with two young boys ten years before I had to work my way through college. But that is another story. When I graduated I interviewed about six companies for employment. They varied from telecommunications to NASA to a car manufacturer. With my trusty bamboo slide rule in hand I chose the telecommunications company. College degrees today are not anything like … Continue reading Career opportunities then and now..

Another Lost Friend…

I am getting close to finishing up my posts about my college years.¬† This one and probably the next one will be about a couple of close friends I had and have since lost contact with.¬† I don’t know what it is about men that we can’t seem to stay in contact with each other when our circumstances change.¬† My wife regularly calls up an old friend who she shared and apartment with in 1960.¬† They are still good friends! The picture above is of Bob Boris who was my dormitory¬†roommate for four years at Purdue.¬† Yeah, that is our … Continue reading Another Lost Friend…

The Radical 60’s

When people think of the 1960’s the first thing that comes to mind are all the protest marches and hippies on the college campuses. I was in college during these years and did see some of that but that was definitely what I was about. As mentioned in the previous post I spent most of my time working, going to classes, studying, working, and working. My dad was a milkman and didn’t have the money to help me through college so I ended up paying my way through by working almost full time and carrying an 80% course load. Most … Continue reading The Radical 60’s

My College Years…

Ok, I have my new scanner and have dusted off all the albums of pictures¬†in the utility closet¬†so I am just about ready to start the project of digitizing all our old pictures. I decided on using Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 as the digitizing software. It is a little harder to use than my old software but the results are markedly better. ¬†As I mentioned before this is going to be a five month project as there are thousands of pictures involved. (Postscript July 2010 — As it turns out this project ended about eight months after it was started. … Continue reading My College¬†Years‚Ķ