Millwood, W. Va.
I was born and raised in Butler County, Pennsylvania. I graduated from high
school in 1967 and attended one year at Clarion State College (now Clarion
University). My father moved the family to West Virginia to take a new job in
1967. I didn't go back to Clarion State for my second year because I had hired
into the aluminum plant where my father worked as electrician. I was making
pretty good money and was shortsighted at the time. I was laid off three weeks
later so I enrolled in a computer programming school. Two weeks before
graduation from this school, and with a good computer department job lined up
with a major corporation, I got my draft notice.<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
I decided to enlist on the delayed plan so that, not only could I finish
my classes, but I could also receive some sort of training in the U. S. Army
besides infantry. I chose electronics, Television Equipment Repair. After
graduating from the Signal School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, I was stationed
with the Military Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Maryland, which four
months later was moved to Fort Huachuca, Arizona. This move gave me very good
experience in that we had to take down the entire TV station and had it moved to
Fort Huachuca where two of us rebuilt it.
After an honorable discharge from the Army when my time was in I was
recalled to my old job at the aluminum plant where I eventually followed my
father's footsteps (after he passed away) into the electrical/electronics
department. I continued to work there until May of 1999 when I retired at the
age of 50.
I met a wonderful lady several years ago and we have married and made our
home in West Virginia. My parents passed away in the early 1980's and I have
five siblings scattered around the eastern United States.
I have been interested in codes since I was very young. I remember
constructing codes in my spare time in elementary school. I have always been
interested in math and sciences and loved playing games of all kinds while I was
growing up. From that has grown a great interest in puzzles of all types of
which I have a fairly large collection. I also enjoy difficult crossword puzzles
and cryptograms. I used to only get one cryptogram a week in the Sunday
newspaper but it was so easy I decided to stop using a pencil and just worked
them mentally. After a couple years of that they stopped including them even in
the Sunday paper. For a couple years I didn't get to do any cryptograms. Then an
e-mail Scrabble opponent introduced me to the Cryptographer site in September
1999 where I now compete and go by the username cryptodood. I really enjoy the
competition there. I recently found this site on the same web ring and started
solving these cryptograms too.