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Hi there Web Surfers. I'm an old retired guy from the United States Air Force and IBM. I live on the island of Nantucket off the coast of Mass. and in Englewood, Florida with my wife, Cynthia of 30 years. I have three children in Tennessee, Virginia, and Minnesota, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. I'll tell you about my hobbies and principal interests in the spaces below.
-- I've been 'Birding' since I was 12 years old -- that's pushing 60 years. I have seen over 600 species of birds in the U.S. and over 1,000 worldwide. I can identify most birds by their calls alone. I really enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for bird study with others and find the best way to do that is by writing about them. In 1976 I co-authored (with Sheldon Severinghaus) A New Guide to the Birds ofTaiwan .
About the same year I started a series of bird guides for the island of Nantucket with birding legend, Edith Folger Andrews. That book, called Birding Nantucket , has been updated seven times with its most recent release in 2010. This has mushroomed into a series of six books about Nantucket's birds -- Birding Nantucket the Series. You can see an index of the 229 species described, across five of the volumes here AYBN Bird Index.
From 2003 until 2010 I wrote a weekly column, The Birds of Nantucket, for the Nantucket Independent newspaper. Alas, that weekly newspaper is no longer with us.
Above left, you can see me on a Maria Mitchell Association Barn Owl Banding mission in 2008. You can click that picture to go to a page that has a lot of birding web links. The picture on the right shows me scoping some ducks on Nantucket's upper harbor from Pocomo.
The Ham Radio hobby has brought me many benefits. My electronic skills got me a good job in the Air Force, plus I've made many wonderful friends all around the world. I hold an Extra Class FCC license with the call sign of W1NQT. To the right you see me sending Morse Code during a Field Day operation with the Englewood Amateur Radio Society (EARS) . You can click that picture for interesting Ham Links on the web.
The sport of Badminton has been a major avocation for over 50 years. In 1973 I was the Colorado State Singles Champion. For many years I was a National Umpire with USA Badminton, Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO. Now I play mostly with other seniors. The picture to the left shows me at the Boston Open Tournament in March of '99 with one of my favorite players, Andy Chong. You can click anywhere on that picture to find interesting Web Sites that relate to the sport of Badminton.
I was born
in 1941 and lived there 'til I graduated from High School in '59. I then joined
the United States Air Force and had jobs as an aircraft radio repairman,
computer programmer, and then in personnel data systems. I was stationed at
Westover AFB, Syracuse University, Randolph AFB, the US AF Academy, Taipei Air
Station, and did short duty in Greenland and Labrador, honorably discharged as a
Captain in 1975.
After finishing an MBA in Finance and Marketing at Syracuse University in 1977 I had a career with IBM, in Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Consulting, finishing as a Senior Planner in Atlanta in 1996.
In retirement mode, we live on the island part of the year, and in Florida the other part. You can rent our Nantucket house for the summer, since we are down in Florida then. On the right you see a scene from Nantucket. If you click on that picture, it will take you to some other web links about the quaint, windy island.
In 1992 we visited my sister-in-law down in
and bought a house there, thinking of retirement. Englewood is 100 miles south of Tampa.
rent this house
to snowbirds who come down to escape the cold. So we are up on Nantucket
in the winter. Then we're down here in Florida in the summer since we rent
the Nantucket house then. We are always in the wrong place at the wrong
time?? Perhaps?? Click anywhere in the
picture for more Englewood links. Click
to see about renting this house for the winter season!
I love to read, but I hate to find myself reading the same book twice. So, for almost 20 years I've been maintaining a spreadsheet of all the books I've read. Link to Ken's Reading List You can search within this page and then use the 'back' button to return to this page.
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Click on the references below for some good web sites that tell about other things near and dear to me.