I spent my youth in Hopewell, Virginia. After graduating from high
school I became a cartographic draftsman with the State Highway
Department in Richmond. A couple of years later, I decided that wasn't
what I really wanted to do when I "grew up."<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
I then enlisted in the Air Force and was accepted into the Aviation
Cadet program, which led to an Air Force pilot rating and a commission.
My first assignment was in B-47's (medium bombers) and later I
transitioned to KC-135's (air refueling tankers). I was in tankers
through the Viet Nam era. After serving just over ten years in the USAF
I took a discharge after once again deciding that wasn't what I really
wanted to do when I "grew up."
During the time I was in the USAF I married Anna, we had two sons, and
we both completed a number of evening college courses. After the
discharge, we went full-time to college. Anna studied French and
Psychology and ended up with a Ph.D. in Psychology. I completed a Ph.D.
in Economics and Statistics, and subsequently completed a number of
graduate level courses in computer science. We enjoyed school, and that
experience led me to discover what I really wanted to do when I "grew
Anna and I both became university professors. I spent most of my 28-year
university career teaching statistics, operations research, and computer
science. In 1998 I was eligible to retire, and did so. Anna retired two
years later. We moved to Auburn, Alabama in 2002. Our younger son is a
professor at Auburn University, and our other son is an industrial
engineer for a fiber optics manufacturing company in Atlanta.
I have been solving cryptograms since 1999. I also enjoy some of the
number puzzles (I have been addicted to word arithmetic and cross sums
for a long time). I spend a great deal of time with amateur photography,
woodworking, and working with computers (I have about a dozen
computers). I exercise by walking four or five miles each morning.
I am quite settled with being happily retired and don't expect to make
big changes in my lifestyle during my remaining years.