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At 240 pounds about 2 weeks into the weight loss effort.

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This is me at 191.6 on August 31, 2008.

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A 512 TFS F-4E after landing at Deccimomanu, Sardinia in the 1980s. My last flying assignment.

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If you can decode the title of this page, then you know that I am an amateur radio operator. Believe it or not, that is one of the reasons that I need to get some weight off. I want to improve my station to make it more deployable, then use it in the deployed mode

The top two pictures are of me on 3/11/2008 (at about 240), and of me at the end of August at 191.6. The 3rd picture is the aircraft that I flew for the U.S. Air Force for most of my flying career-- the McDonnel-Douglas Phantom II. The particular model is an F-4E from when I was stationed at Ramsten AB, Germany in the mid 1980s. I also flew F-100 Super Sabres, AT-28 Trojans and OV-10 Broncos during the 20 years I was on active duty. My wife and are completely retired now, and enjoying life.

I am also retired from teaching at Oklahoma State University where I was an Assitant Professor in the Aviation Education program for 14 years. After a couple of years of volunteer work, I went back to work part time to feed my newest hobby in amateur radio. (My screen name is made up of my call sign and my year of licensure).

Just to keep the rest of my time filled, I am also quite active in my church. The first church I can remember was a little wood frame Methodist building in Three Rivers, Texas. When we lived in Oregon, we went to the First Methodist Church in Eugene, and it was there that I received my first Bible (I still have it). In California, my family attended a Congregational Church. While I was in the Air Force, our attendance was rather spotty at the chapels at the various duty stations. After moving to Oklahoma, we finally settled in a small, rural Methodist Church near Perkins. I am currently the Lay Leader of the congregation, and a Certified Lay Servant. My wife and I also both sing in the choir, and are usually very involved with Vacation Bible School.

I'm married with 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

I added a music/guitar goody to my page this morning (3/15/2008). I have played guitar since high school days, though all of my instruments have been acoustic. My main interest is in folk music, but I like good music from a lot of genres. These days I listen mostly to classic country, gospel, and oldies, but I have been known to get out some of my old jazz and bluegrass (on vinyl) and fire up the stereo for an afternoon or evening.

If you are interested in Amateur Radio, a good place to start looking on the web is the American Radio Relay League site at: www.arrl.org. It is a very interesting hobby, and it can be a big help whenever emergency communications are needed.

It has been an interesting life so far; I can hardly wait to see what happens next.


Last revised: 22 Jan 2014

Member Since: 3/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 10,290

My Goals:
Two major goals:

First, get my weight down.

Second, get my blood pressure down. I have had a scare or two when my bp went way up. It is currently under control, but my heart doc, telling me what I already knew, said ( with emphasis) " Get the weight off!"

My Program:
Reducing the calorie intake and watching the sodium as well. The calories have not been much of a problem, but the sodium is a real challenge!

Exercising more. The plan is to walk some, walk some more, and then keep on walking.

Updated 22 Jan 2014

Personal Information:
I am a native Texan, transplanted to Oklahoma (via Oregon, California, and the US Air Force). I met and married my wife (a native Okie) in California before graduating from college. Our daughter was born in New Mexico,and our son in Florida -- typical service family. We spent 9 years in Europe (Spain and Germany) while I was in the service. Other details are in the Introduction to the left.

Other Information:
I like finding links to interesting sites. For example:


is a collection of articles about all sorts of stuff. Prepare to spend a while.....

Another one found on 3/14/2008 It is called Oddee:


It is a blog on the oddities of the world.

If you are into sky watching -- visual astronomy, weather, satelite transits, or other unusual sights, try:


My current favorite site is Project Gutenberg: http://www.Gutenberg.org

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