About Me

Barb on Newport South Jetty - 1980

BARB

I’m a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, writer, amateur radio operator, and a person who never totally grew up. There simply was not time.

Having came on the scene prior to World War II provided me with a different childhood than many may have experienced. My father was not home until I was twelve years old. Before then, as well as after, we moved from pillar to post. Missouri, California, Oregon, Missouri, and then I enlisted in the air force.

Somehow, I scored high enough to earn a seat in a year-long electronic class. That prepared me for a decade as a maintainer of aircraft in both MAC and SAC, providing maintenance to communications and navigation systems on both cargo and combat aircraft. It’s an experience, a highlight in my long life.

Writing is a hobby I began in the early 1960s.  And I’ve been published many times, often for money, but mostly for the pleasure of getting something off my chest.

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    • I never earned any metals. I fixed navigation and communications systems B-52s and KC-135s. Never was shot at even though I was involved in the Suez Canal, supported carpet bombing in N. Vietnam, years of Airborne Alert, Cuban Missile Crisis, the Dominican Republic Crisis, and a maintenance crew member on the tankers that refueled JFK’s fighter escort when he left the country – Operation Wide Path. But none that put me in harms way.

      As for the Hippies. The ones I knew well were a couple of certified Minnesota School Teachers who bailed. But I haven’t heard from them since they took up teaching once again.

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  1. This is wonderful! Thank you so very much for your time in the service! We are of similar vintage, as they were still rockin’ ’round the clock when I was born. My husband also can relate as he is finally deciding to nurture the little monster-loving boy that still lives inside of his 60+ year old body! More power to you!!

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  2. Thanks for visiting my blog, and please excuse my housekeeping. Growing up as a Navy brat, I know better, but as life curves toward the sunset, play and joy rule my day.

    I look forward to following your blog. By the way, when I saw the first reply, my heart skipped a beat. Nothing we ever do, have , or experience, in life will be as joyous as hearing our child’s words of praise. You did well and she is proof positive!

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    • You have such an interesting subject – food. I know folks who knit, and others who collect cars, and still others who hang out in a pub. Few of these have any interest in what the other thinks is the end of a rainbow. But fix a plate of food and they all share a common goal – get their share. They say an army moves on their stomachs. You’re on to something here. :-)

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  3. Hi Scott! Great “About” Page. Normally we only publish “stories” on this InLinkz grid. If it were early in the week I would have to delete this off of the grid, but since there is a new challenge coming up this evening and this time frame grid will shut down then I will leave it. I hope you will follow the blog so you will get the weekly challenge post (that is the only thing published on it).

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  4. Dear Scott :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog and all the kind words. :)
    I feel you are a very simple person too :)
    I would love to have more discussions with you.
    I also had an engineering degree in Electronics( had means now it doesn’t matter :) )

    I hope to learn a lot from you about writing and life. :)

    Wishing you a wonderful time,

    Sincerely,
    Anand

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    • Thank you for your kind words. I think it is people like myself who will do the learning. I was a combat aircraft maintainer many years back, maintaining communications and navigation systems on B-52 and KC-135 aircraft. The equipment I kept in repair required a great deal of human interface. It’s been a good life, but I’ve had to run to keep keep abreast. Your EE degree would have been a great asset for me more times than I can recall. :-)

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      • Yes Scott. I feel those were the more difficult times in terms of technology. :) No, please it embarrasses me that you put yourself so politely. I would look forward to our discussions and learning from you. I am currently reading your “The Third Time Is a Charm?” :) :)

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