I am a retired technologist and educator. In the span of almost 50 years, I worked only two jobs. I don’t think that will be the scenario for young people in the workforce now. But, as S.E. Hinton says, “That was then; this is now.” (The Outsiders). I worked, first, for A.T.&T. as a central office technician and later on, about midway through my career, I did some in-house technical writing. I started at A.T.&T with only a high school diploma, but by the time I was ready to accept an offer for early retirement, I had a Masters in Rhetoric and English Literature. I studied at night for nearly nine years. Fortunately, I was a very good student and had a good relationship with a professor who taught the autobiographical writing class, in which I was enrolled. A couple of weeks after graduation, she surprised me with an unexpected call on a hot August afternoon and asked me if I would be interested in teaching an Introduction to Rhetoric class in September. I jumped at the chance, even though I felt I was on shaky ground. However, after three weeks under my professor’s tutelage, I was ready. From that humid August afternoon, 1999, until now, 2020 or the Year of the Plague, I’ve taught. But all good things come to an end, eventually, except the love of the Lord.
I like to read, anything from Harry Potter to Henry James. I also enjoy books about politics and public policy.
When I’m not writing or reading, I’m usually playing chess or my guitar, but the most important and enjoyable time for me is when I make the time to spend with my family. I have a wife, three daughters, five grandchildren, and the newest addition to the family, Wednesday, my great grandchild.
In the words of the great Colin Quinn, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”