I entered the Navy in November 1969 and was offered a choice of Great Lakes or San  Diego for basic training (not too difficult to guess which choice I took).  After basic training I attended Electronics A & C schools at Treasure Island, CA.  From there I ended up on an old tin can (USS Stickel  DD-888)  out of Norfolk.  It was decommissioned and I got my orders for the FDR in January 1972.  Reported aboard just before our 10 month Med. Cruise.  I was in OE Division and maintained the SPS-37 Long Range Search Radar (whose antenna was the huge black array that hung over the starboard side of the ship.  I was discharged in Novemeber 1975 after ataining the rate of ETR2.

After the Navy I returned to my hometown of Findlay, OH for a brief time and then took a job at an Audio/Visual repair shop which relocated me in Toledo, OH.  After that, I took a job repairing time clocks and parking access and control  equipment (parking gates and ticket dispensers).  Eventually, I ended up part owner of a different time clock company until 911 forced us to close our doors. 

My last 10 working years were for Buckeye Cablesystem at their internet help desk; which is where I learned my computer skills.  I retired from there in 2012 and moved to Clearwater, FL. 

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