I was born in LaCrosse, WI. Graduated from Logan High School in '49 and began my college education at La Crosse State University. The Korean War disrupted my schooling and I joined the Navy in '52. Went to Navy Class A radio school at Bainbridge, MD, NTC, graduating #4 in my class of 56. My rank in the class caused me to be #1 to choose a ship ... and I became a member of the Communications Dept. of the aircraft carrier USS Siboney, CVE-112. The three guys ahead of me went back to the ships they came from.
Discharged from the Navy after the war, married my h.s. sweetheart, continued my education receiving a BS in Education. Began my teaching career in '56 in Richland Center, WI and earned my MS in Educational Administration from the U. of Wisconsin in '60. Served 5 years as Assistant Principal of the Richland Center High School. Also served as District Audio-Visual Director and Athletic Director. Taught geology, biology, and math and also did some coaching, serving as assistant varsity football coach, freshmen basketball coach, assistant track coach, and varsity boys volleyball coach.
Took additional courses in geology at the U. of Oklahoma Geology camp at Canon City, CO, and Virginia State College in Petersburg, VA. Studying the geology of the Rocky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains was definitely two of the best summer schools I ever attended. Wrote a geology curriculum for the RCHS and taught the subject for 25 years. After 35 years of serving the young people of my community, I retired from teaching after the '91 school year.
Became a licensed radio operator as WA9ELT shortly after the end of the Korean War. Upgraded to Advanced KC9EU --- finally upgraded to Amateur Extra ... W9JR. I received my USA-CA (all 3,077 counties in U.S.) #969 on Feb. 22, 1999; USA-CA II #393 in 2009; Master County Hunter (BINGO) #313 in 2009. I also enjoy Ragchewing which I think is the real reason for becoming an amateur (ham) radio operator ... doing Community Service is also a great way to use Amateur Radio.
I am a County Hunter and made a radio contact in all 3,077 counties of the U.S. ... twice ... using SSB and CW. I am now trying for a 3rd time using only PSK31. And now, after retiring where everyday is Saturday, I can "play" Amateur Radio whenever I want.
I'm good in QRZ.com & also AG with eQSL.
In '64, I organized a marching unit for the young women of Richland Center, the Hilltoppers Color Guard. The Guard involved more than 575 young ladies of our community, earning 350 trophies in parade competition. We traveled throughout Wisconsin, the upper Midwest, and more distant places in the U.S. ... even to Canada, twice. A "crown jewel" of our marching tours was being chosen to participate in the 1988 Cotton Bowl parade in Dallas, TX ... we were also selected to serve as the Official Color Guard in the opening ceremony of the game to present the Flag during the National Anthem. What an experience that was! Doing our "thing" on the 50-yard line in front of 85,000 people was quite different than doing it at Krouskop Park, our local high school foortball field with just a few hundred spectators. After 34 years, I retired the Guard in 1998. At the present time, I am a volunteer Flag Corps director of the RCHS marching band ... completed 25 years of doing that last fall at our Homecoming game.
In 1996, because of my volunteer work with the young people of my community both in school and out, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selected me to be one of 20 people of Wisconsn to be Torch Bearers in the Olympic Flame relay from San Francisco to Atlanta, site of the '96 games. I ran a 1K segment in La Crosse, WI.
My family and I enjoy the hobby of furtrade reenacting. As "buckskinners," we attend as many rendezvous as we can during the summer months. As youngsters, my grandkids grew up in buckskins ... and we continued the hobby until they graduated high school. We still enjoy visiting rendezvous whenever we can. Re-enacting the Fur Trade of the mid-1800's is "Living History." Awesome!
Enjoying 3 wonderful grandkids and 6 super great-grandkids. My XYL and I also enjoy our extended family, a young Laotian refugee family we acquired in 1980. Watching the 2 "grandkids" grow up as Americans, and now 3 "great grandkids" --- including a set of twins --- has been an adventure.
I am the webmaster of our Pine Valley Repeater Amateur Radio Club homepage: http://www.w9pvr.com.
Rev: W9JR - Sunday, 9-11, 2016.
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