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Sunday - Feb 2009Hoosier turned Texan, turned Hoosier

A Hoosier by birth, my formative years extended to North Carolina and Ohio. Returning to Indiana as an adolescent, I finished school, earning a degree in Computer Science and hence became a software professional.

Being a student at the time of punch cards and IBM “Big Iron“, I have witnessed the speedy progress of technology. By building upon itself, the advancement of high-tech has grown by telescopic proportions.

My software career began as a Programmer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, later to become Management Consultant then Senior Consulting Engineer in the consulting practices of three of what were once known as “The Big Eight” accounting firms. As the end of the last millennium approached, I devoted my efforts towards Y2K compliance projects on an independent consulting basis, revisiting several legacy systems of prior clients.

With the dawn of the 21st century, the entire complexion of the industry changed seemingly over-night, moving towards distributed systems, more dependency on networking and object-oriented programming, skills that fresh new recruits were up to speed on as they entered the market.

After a quarter of a century of corporate America, I am “Back Home Again in Indiana“, pursuing continued education while developing applications and websites as well as striving to become an accomplished .

Personal interests include photography, genealogy, blogging and being involved in the community.

I currently maintain over a dozen blogs and websites, a couple of which are devoted to topics I’m most passionate about, food and books.

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A Shot in the Arm to the tune of $54 Bs

With President Donald Trump proposing a $54 billion increase in defense spending, what will be cut to offset this exorbitant cost? Federal agency spending, that’s what! Foreign aid cuts don’t bother me too much, but dissolving domestic programs certainly gets my goat, especially in regards to the impact on my own baby-boomer generation. Will social …
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  • The Origin of LSD and it’s Effect on American Culture – Published 09/24/2016

    Researching a compound to treat psychosis, a chemical was discovered that creates a state of psychosis – at least temporarily.

  • Mississippi River Catastrophe: The Sultana – Published 09/21/2015

    On April 27, 1865, a Mississippi steamboat carrying over 2,400 passengers exploded, killing all but 700. The fate of the Sultana would make it the worst maritime disaster in US history.

  • The Decline and Fall of Arthur Andersen – Published 02/23/2015

    At one time, “Big Eight” accounting firm Arthur Andersen was larger than the other seven combined. Then came the Enron and WorldCom debacles, bringing about the downfall of the International Giant.

  • A Creek named Chickamauga – Published 12/13/2014

    A small creek in northern Georgia, used by the Cherokees to quell the effects of smallpox but merely hastening their fate, came to be the site of the second costliest battle on American soil.

  • KAL #007 – What Really Happened? – Published 10/24/2014

    First denied by the Russians, then later confirmed, Korean Air Liner flight #007 was shot down by a Soviet Su015 after allegedly violating USSR airspace.

  • Queen Victoria’s Longest Day – Published 02/26/2014

    At the pinnacle of Victorian England’s Imperial expansion, one of the most humiliating losses in British military history occurred, followed, on the same day, by one of it’s most celebrated victories.

  • Cincinnati’s Golden Days of Broadcasting – Published 02/04/2014

    Before Oprah, there was Ruth, before Letterman, there was “Paul Baby” and long before “WKRP Cincinnati” there was WLW Cincinnati – “The Big One”. Read this narrative of the Golden Years of…

  • Bennett Place, the Second Appomattox – Published 11/09/2011

    The end of the American Civil War is commonly associated with the surrender of Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. However, it is not as widely known of a greater battle and it’s…

  • Fighting Fire With Fire – Red Adair – Published 11/02/2011

    Many only know the name from John Wayne’s depiction of him in the 1968 movie “Hellfighters”, but the legendary Paul Neal “Red” Adair was the best in the business when it came to extinguishing…

  • Lew Wallace – Romantic Warrior – Published 10/29/2011

    Attorney, Soldier, Statesman, Romantic – Lewis Wallace was the creator of an American literary masterpiece, a leader through changing historic times and one of the great prides of the Hoosier state.

  • Stepping Back 200 Years – Mississenewa 1812 – Published 10/11/2011

    The annual fall “Mississenewa 1812” festival on the banks of the Mississenewa River commemorating the first recorded American victory of the War of 1812, is an “…award winning premier living history…

  • Somerton Mystery – Published 10/09/2011

    “The Beaumont Children”, a hub published several months ago on hubpages.com, sparked the motivation for this article. Taking place at Somerton, South Australia, in 1966, the similarities were striking enough…

  • Tackling Writer’s Block – Published 10/07/2011

    Tackling Writer’s Block, a brief treatise on motivation for the civilian journalist. When inspiration hits it sometimes quickly passes, yet a writer must somehow maintain diligence and keep on keepin’ on.

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