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I grew up in a working class family in the Philadelphia suburbs in 50s & 60s. I loved science and naturally was an “A” student in those courses. I also loved to watch Science Fiction movies in the movie theaters, and on television. I graduated from high school in January of 1964. The Vietnam War was getting hotter and I was draft age.
My father suggested that it would be better for me to enlist in the Navy, or the Air Force, than be drafted in the Army. I decided in November of 1964 to enlist in the United States Air Force. In August of 1965, I was moved to Guam and Okinawa on a TDY assignment as combat support for the Vietnam War. After returning to the United States, I spent my remaining service time in Texas and Puerto Rico working as a Jet Engine Mechanic maintaining the B-52 Bomber.
After being discharged from the Air Force, I decided to go to a technical school to learn Electronics Technology. I graduated in December of 1969 with a certificate in Electronics Technology. I spent 28 years working as an Electronics Technician, and 4 years as a Software Test Engineer at the Xerox Corporation. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack in New York city Xerox closed their Los Angeles division and moved to Seattle Washington.
After not being able to find another job I took early retirement in 2006. Then something strange happened. I have always been a technical person and never had any interest in writing. I have always enjoyed watching Science Fiction movies but never read Science Fiction books. Then for some unknown reason I suddenly wanted to try writing a Science Fiction book.
My first step was to enroll in a college course taught by professional writers. In 2011, after I graduated from the course I wrote my first Science Fiction short story. I currently have two Science Fiction novellas and three short stories available at Amazon.com.