Born November 26, 1944 to the children of Nebraska farmers. My father was a educator who moved us to California when I was three where I and my sister grew up. I went to Raymond College at the University of the Pacific in Stockton which was close to home but dropped out one semester before graduation to strike out on my own. After being fired from my first job at a filling station I joined the Air Force to avoid being drafted into the Army. After a year I was discharged from the Air Force as unsuitable but while in the Air Force I received training in computer programming which became my career for thirty three years after a short period sorting mail for the Postal Service. When I was finally
downsized from my last programming job with one of the telephone companies I decided to start bookkeeping which lead to a job as a staff accountant from which I was RIFed in early 2011.