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Julien has been curious about the universe and the things in it since getting a microscope and his first telescope around the age of ten. While he still has that microscope now he has the internet and Hubble for glimpses across the vast universe.
Julien attended college in Los Angeles, studying history and archaeology. One auspicious night while sitting around with friends, he made the offhand statement that people can accomplish whatever they want if the put their mind to it. His friends challenged him on that. Two of them worked for a top Fortune 500 computer company that was hiring. The challenge was, could he go in, take their test, get through the interview and get hired. He accepted.
After three weeks of cramming in some basic electronics and physics, he went in, took the test and sat through the interview. A few days later, he received a phone call. They made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Six days later found himself in Colorado. It was just a nine-month temporary assignment. He thought he would be back in California by the end of the ski season. However it turned into a career lasting thirty-four years and lead to a variety of opportunities to learn new things and meet new people.
Over the years, he wore many hats, from manufacturing, and an interest in how things work together, to programming and systems design, to technical writing. He also spent many years producing and directing videos for training and marketing. The final years were as a Systems Program Manager for a marketing group ensuring that all the technological toys used in the Briefing Centers he was responsible for worked as designed.
What he enjoyed most throughout his career, was the opportunity to work with a variety of people from all around the world. They were smart, energetic, dedicated, as well as creative. He also had the opportunity to travel all across the country for business as well as pleasure. In addition, he visited nearby countries like Canada and Mexico, and some as far away as Russia and India. All of this gave Julien an insight into many different points of view on many subjects.
After thirty-four years, Julien decided it was time to begin a new chapter in his life and pursue his dream of writing. Over the years, he had built up a list of both nonfiction and fiction works. He had even started some. Now it was time to devote more energy into actually completing them. So he retired from corporate life. He and his wife packed up and headed to Arizona to embark on a new journey.
With ‘The Story Behind the Emergence of the Universe and Life’, he began the first step on a new journey.