Phone: 925 672-4477 Unlisted
40 years . . . where has the time gone? I cannot say that any of it has been bad; school/working, military/working, working/working, marriage/working, family/working, etc. As with most of us I’m sure, one aspect of life seems to take the spotlight. My chronology is as follows:
• Graduated high school and worked the summer at Chevrolet in St. Louis; my parents sold everything, drove to California, jumped on a tramp steamer and sailed around the world); I didn’t want to go!! “Dumb Bob, Dumb Bob”.
• Started junior college at Florissant Valley and shortly thereafter, a short career in sales (selling my furniture to make the apartment rent)
• Mom and Dad came back, noticed my sales abilities were not the best and we moved to Southern California (Anaheim).
• Joined Pacific Telephone in December 1968 while continuing my college education, and spent an enjoyable 31 year career in the telephony and computer industry
• That career was interrupted by an opportunity to serve in the US Army with an interesting stint in South Vietnam.
• Came home (in one piece) and soon thereafter met my wife to be.
• 34 years of marriage this year, and still going strong.
• We have one daughter who currently works for me in my chosen retirement profession.
• The downsizing/upsizings/rightsizings, etc. seemed to go on forever, but the career was enjoyable, enlightening and profitable.
• My job moved me to Northern California (near San Francisco) in 1986 and we still live there.
• I retired from AT&T in 1999 with a buyout and took a year off to “find myself”.
• I now work for a manufacturer's rep firm supporting the industrial market, doing everything from inside sales, warehousing/distribution, purchasing and office management. It’s a small 32 year old company started by a close friend of mine.
• We have close ties to the church and good friends that we enjoy camping with in our “palace on wheels”, a 22 foot 5th wheel.
• I am an avid wood butcher (carpenter?) and a car racing fanatic (NHRA & NASCAR; drag racing and stock car racing for those who may not know the acronyms).
Life has been good. Strong family and good work ethics have served me well. I’m a “glass half full” kind of guy with a mild mannered disposition and a smile for everyone.