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“What do you want, Joe, my life’s history? Here it is in four words: big ideas, small results.”

— Clash by Night (1952, adapted from a play by Clifford Odets)

Any rough times are now behind you.

— Fortune cookie received 8 Sept 2000


See also: About the Author was written in an interview style, and with a little different perspective from this article.

Born in 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland, I can’t take credit for the “Charm City” vogue because by the time it started I had already gone to college. Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, somehow blinked in 1971 and issued me both a physics degree and a teaching certificate. I’m single, and retired from my job as Manager of Tech Support for a software company. In March 2020 I pulled up stakes and moved to California, arriving just in time for the COVID shutdowns.

My Likes

rainbow flag In the proverbial fifty words or less —

Hmm, I guess that’s more than fifty words. Now you know something else about me! <grin>

My Dislikes

Religious fundamentalism, particularly here in my own USA. Of course I have no objection to anyone believing and practicing their own religion. But the fundamentalist agenda seems to be to force their own ideas of living onto everyone else, and that’s just wrong. Whatever happened to the American way of “live and let live”?

“One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment.” Thus spake Steven Weinberg, in Facing Up (2001).

My Places

I lived in Cleveland’s inner suburbs from 1969 until 2000 (23 years of that in one house), and it did seem a day too long! In September 2000 I moved from Cleveland to the outskirts of Cortland, New York. Cortland is a town of 24,000, on the eastern fringe of the Finger Lakes region.

In 2006 I relocated a few miles west, to the suburbs of Ithaca New York, on the Cayuga Lake Byway and at the edge of New York’s wine country (Here are some views of the lake by a local photographer, William Warmus.)

That was my first experience with country living since age 10. I like the slower pace, the thinner traffic (except in Ithaca), the wider vistas. The scenery was peaceful: the lake nearby, hills and small mountains all around. I loved seeing more stars on clear nights than I can count.

But in 2020 I pulled up stakes again, for a much bigger move than any I’d done before: all the way across the country to Tehachapi, California. I had visited a few times, and liked the climate and the friendly people. Also, having family in the area is a plus. The mountain scenery—almost 360° of it—never fails to delight.

Tehachapi is 4000 feet (1200 m) above sea level, so unlike the state’s big cities it does have seasons, including some snow in the winter. The summers are relatively mild, and the humidity is low, a welcome relief from humid Eastern summers.

My Jobs

Right out of college, I taught college-prep math for two years at Hawken School while working part-time as a computer programmer. I then transitioned to computer programming as a full-time job, first as an employee and then for about 22 years as a self-employed consultant.

During those years I developed a couple of command-line utilities. Initially I sold them as shareware, but starting in 2019 the full versions are now available at no charge.

During that time, I also started teaching math, mostly statistics, as an adjunct at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden New York, through the end of 2015.

In 2006, I started as a full-time tech rep for Palisade Corporation in Ithaca. In 13 years there, I also wrote hundreds of articles for their Knowledge Base and served as the last Manager of Tech Support. I retired in March 2019.

From 2016 to the end of 2019 I served on the board of the Affliated Choruses of Ithaca, the last 2½ years as chair. (I had sung with one of the affliated choruses, the Ithaca Community Chorus, for quite a few years.) After moving to Tehachapi, I’ve been spending much of my time as a volunteer for two local nonprofits.

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