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Independence Sanitarium and Hospital birth certificateCharlie was born in 1955 at Independence, Jackson County, Missouri (suburban Kansas City), at what was then known as the Independence Sanitarium and Hospital. At that time, it was a ministry of the Community of Christ. The old Independence Sanitarium is no more; the building is now the "Independence Regional Ennovation Center," a business incubator. The hospital in Independence is now the Centerpoint Medical Center, located in a different part of the city. Former President Harry Truman retired a couple of years earlier, and lived about two-thirds of a mile to the east on (appropriately named) Truman Road.

Diploma from Fort Osage High SchoolMy K-12 education was at the Buckner School (grades K-4), Levasy School (grades 5-6), Fort Osage Junior High (grades 7-9), and Fort Osage High School (grades 10-12). These are all part of the Fort Osage School District, headquartered near the center of the district in rural Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

Completion Certificate from Fort Osage Area Vocational-Technical SchoolWhen I was in high school, I took some vocational electronics training. I went through the two years of material in one year! My instructor thought I should go into some type of engineering. This was at the Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage (then known as the Fort Osage Area Vocational-Technical School).

BSEE Diploma from the University of Missouri-ColumbiaAfter I graduated from high school, I went to college for that engineering degree. After four years and two sessions of summer school, I got a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1977 at the University of Missouri-Columbia at Columbia, Boone County, Missouri. My last semester, I only had to take three credit hours to graduate, but I took a full load of fifteen credit hours.

International Space Station "Assembly Complete" picture with text overlaysAfter college, I went to work at Boeing in 1977 for 32.468 years (don't laugh about the precision: Boeing counted my company service down to three decimal places). I spent about half of my time working on the International Space Station. I have been (mostly) happily retired since September 2009, when Space Station development was winding down and all the fun stuff was done.

Blood Bank Arm Selfie (taken while I was wearing charcoal leather high-top Chucks: you can see them out there beyond the end of my right hand)Since May 2014, I've been a dedicated platelet donor at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center; they told me in April 2016 and January 2017 to take a break because I was trying to come in too frequently (limit of 24 donations in a 365-day period; it's not tracked on their donor scheduling application, but they track it on paper). Before that, I was a whole blood donor during my college years (between 1973 and 1977) and since 2009.

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