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Born on the isle of Jersey UK, and left as a baby just before the German invasion and occupation.

Came to the USA in 1962 to check it out. Landed in California,(with a Green Card of course :-)loved it and never left. Best country on earth. The land of opportunity. I became a US citizen on October 27th 1967.

I became a ham in early 1969, grinding my way up the ham ladder at the FCC office in Los Angeles. CW was the first part of the test then. If you failed to copy then the test was over, if you failed the sending the test was over, come back in 30 days.

I was in the British Army from November 1955 until my discharge in November 1958. I served in the Royal Signals where I was a driver, and drove just about every vehicle except a tank. My rank upon discharge was that of L/Cpl.

I spent most of my working career in manufacturing in the Abrasive Industry, where I hold 5 patents for abrasive tools that I invented. There were several others that I invented, but where the company I worked for at the time did not think them worthy of the time and expense of getting a Patent. Their loss.

Later in 2004 I retired from the Abrasive Industry supposedly to take it easy, enjoy the hobby that I entered in 1969. But after 4 months of retirement, I was thoroughly bored, and wanted to get back into the working world.

Not wanting to go back into manufacturing, and not wanting to go back into management where I had been for about 40 years, I decided to get a commercial drivers license (CDL) and see the country. So, at age 68 I went to truck drivers school in Modesto California, and after 160 hours of classroom and practical driving, I received my CDL with every endorsement available.

I was immediately hired as a linehaul driver for FedEx Ground, and as a team we drove from Los Angeles CA to Orlando FL, and back in 4 1/2 days. I was driving with a double set of trailers right out of school. What an experience, what a thrill. 5000 miles in 4 1/2 days. Outside of California, we could drive the same speed as cars, so 70 MPH was the norm. You can eat up a lot of miles at 70, then of course, at night we would do more. I got it up to 90 MPH once going across Texas. Kickin' butt for sure. But was a let down when we crossed the border back into California and have to drop down the 55 MPH. The Highway Patrol was sitting up the road a mile or two, just to catch us speeding.

I drove for several other companies during the next 5 years, and then retired, and did this retirement thing several times, but just could not stand sitting around, and not doing something constructive.

I am currently back driving for FedEx Ground, for the same contractor as I started with in 2005. Now, I am a relief driver for them working when someone is sick or on vacation. It is not a lot of work, but it keeps me interested, and eager for that phone call or e-mail giving me a little work, still driving the double trailers within 200 mile radius of Los Angeles.

Life is good. God has been good to me. I am Blessed

to be continued

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