I was born in Burlington, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BSME degree. I started working at Fairbanks Morse in Beloit, WI in 1960. While there I met and married my wife Roberta. We had 4 children who are now all married and I have 8 grandchildren.
We moved to the Boston area in 1970 and lived in MA until I was widowed. Shortly thereafter I moved to southern NH where I live in a duplex with one of my children.
I worked on contract research and development for the first 27 years of my career. For the last 8 years of my career I worked for an engineering construction company as a project engineer/manaager, working on jobs for the refining and chemical industries. I was either principle investigator, project engineer or project manager on contracts with DOI, DOE, USDA, US Army, US Navy, NSF, Nestles, P&G, Ocean Spray, Welch's, Dakota Gasification, Hess Refinery, Koch Refinery, Koch Engineering, Lyondell and Amoco.
I have authored numerous reports for the government agencies and made presentations at several national meetings of professional societes. Several of these papers have been published in professional journals.
I am a certified Hazop leader for reviewing the safety and operational issues in hazardous plant operations that could occur in chemical and refining plants.
I have two patents relating to crystallization processes.
Photograpy, gardening, writing, cooking and teaching computer courses at my local senior center are my main interests. I enjoy cooking and have writen and distributed a cook book containing my family recipies. I especially like cooking for my friend Dot, who is so appreciative of even the simplest meal. I have also written and compiled the text for five computer courses for the local senior center and started on a piping components handbook. Now this Blog is my main avocation.