Actually, this website is pretty much “all about me” in the sense that I wish to share my thoughts, insights and experiences with you. I’ll also share some autobiographical stuff but mainly as a context for my point of view. My life has colored the way I look at things, and my perspective has informed how I look at life. This interplay continues as I adjust my beliefs and thoughts to fit who and what I am at this point along the journey.
I was born in the Space Age and watched both Neil Armstrong’s historic moon landing as well as the original Star Trek series on a black & white TV. The television was not at all a centerpiece of our living room at the time; it was on a cart with wheels and if you wanted to watch it, it had to be pulled out from the closet, plugged in and warmed up first. I also watched the news about the Viet Nam War with my brother and parents at dinner every night. I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but living with these extreme opposites of the best and the worst of humanity must have had an impact on my early development, and it continues to this day.
My earliest memory was an airshow my family attended before my 3rd birthday. The sounds and sights of the aircraft flying captured my attention, and aviation – in some way – has been part of my life ever since. When I was 4, my father became a flight instructor and the airplane became my babysitter as I sat in the back seat while he taught his students. For me, looking out the window as the plane took off and seeing the tiny cars and houses below was perfectly normal, and I enjoyed every minute.
Old Meets New
My generation is one bridges the gap between two world views, particularly with the decline of the analog paradigm and the rise of the digital revolution. I came of age before personal computers, the internet, cell phones, and political correctness. Many skills I once learned are now obsolete, and I have had to re-learn other things in a new way. I have come to embrace things that never existed before…and try to keep up with this fast-changing world.
I don’t know if my childhood years were any more innocent than today, and I don’t want to look back with rosy glasses, but I am glad I have a sort of dual perspective on things.
(Note: I find writing ‘about me’ to be harder than writing ‘about stuff’ so bear with me here…more to follow.)