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. 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.
Education was at the Buckner School, Levasy School, Fort Osage Junior High, and Fort Osage
High School. These are all part of the Fort
Osage School District, headquartered near the center of the district in rural Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.
When 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).
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
After college, I went to work at
in 1977 for 32 years. Spent about half of my time working on the International Space Station.
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