About Us

Memoirs, travel, family history and more

Welcome to Gary’s and Marilyn’s blog.

Gary was raised on a farm on the high plains of eastern Colorado. After graduation from High School, he attended Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado. Then, in 1969, as Uncle Sam’s Military Draft Board was breathing down his neck, he decided to sign up with the United States Navy. After Naval Boot Camp and special training in electronics and computers, he did a tour of duty in the Gulf of Tonkin and another in the Indian Ocean. (He participated in the mining of Haiphong harbor in May 1972. After that, the war was pretty much over, but he still had an enlistment to fulfill.) When he returned from Vietnam he married his sweetheart, Marilyn, and they had a lovely daughter, who was born in San Diego, California. After Gary left the Navy in 1976, the young family moved to Austin, Texas. There he continued his education, while earning a living as a computer technician and test engineer. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Edward’s University in 1980, he also worked as a software engineer. All together, he worked in Austin for 40 years, employed by the companies listed below:

  • Texas Instruments
  • Data General
  • Lockheed Missiles and Space
  • Austin Information Systems
  • Overwatch

In the crash of 2010, jobs were scarce, so Gary decided to retire a little early. He was enjoying himself with traveling, hiking, bicycling and volunteering until COVID-19 hit. And then he found himself sitting at home with nothing to do, until his daughter and his niece gave him this website, which has provided much enjoyment for him.

Marilyn grew up in sunny southern California. After graduation from High School, she attended the San Diego College for Women, and received a B.A. degree. She moved to San Francisco in 1969, where she worked as a secretary for the U.S.O. Mobile Units. In 1971 she met Gary during a U.S.O. special event in Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco. After the family moved to Austin, Texas, she took care of her daughter and her husband, and also earned an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. She was a teacher at Huntington-Surrey School in Austin for 30 years, and she is the main proofreader for this website, a gift which we both appreciate.

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