About Us

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Welcome to Gary’s and Marilyn’s blog!

Gary grew up on a farm in eastern Colorado. After he graduated from high school, he attended Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado. Then, in 1969, as the Vietnam war was raging and the U.S. Military Draft Board was breathing down his neck, he decided to sign up with the U.S. Navy. After Boot Camp and specialist training in electronics and computers, he served in the Gulf of Tonkin, participating 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. A tour of duty across the Indian Ocean to the coast of Africa was his last overseas adventure. After Vietnam, he married his sweetheart, Marilyn, had a lovely daughter, and eventually settled Austin, Texas. There he earned a B.S. in Computer Science, while working as a computer technician and test engineer. After finishing his degree in 1980, he also worked as a software engineer. He had a 40 year career, at the companies listed below:

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

Gary decided to retire in 2010. He enjoyed 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 to keep him busy.

Marilyn was a California girl. After graduation from High School, she attended the San Diego College for Women, received a B.A. degree, and moved to San Francisco in 1969. There she worked as a secretary for the U.S.O. Mobile Units. In 1971 she met Gary during a U.S.O. event in Oakland, just across the bay from San Francisco. After the family moved to Austin, Texas, she earned an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. She worked as a teacher at Huntington-Surrey School in Austin for 30 years, and serves as the main proofreader for this website, a gift which her husband appreciates.

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