I am currently working as a Senior Test Specialist on the formerly Litton RDVS ( Reconfigurable Voice Communications System) for the FAA, mostly repairing field returns and occasionally helping field a new system. I attended VPI for two years, spent 10 years in the Navy. I spent 4 1/2 years on the carrier, USS Constellation, working on the oldest radar system in the fleet, then re-enlisted for four more years and went to the newest, and I have to say most fun radar system. I then went to work at Litton in College Park Maryland. For the first two years I worked night shift and went to the University of Maryland during the day. After my grade point average slid from 3.5 to 2.0, I decided to concentrate on being a reasonably well-paid technician. I've been almost continuously empoyed by the same entity
( mergers and local moves have changed the name ) for 30 yrs now. I now live in a small house on an acre on land backing up to state owned watershed. I started out living in an apartment about 5 miles from work. After I bought my first house, I ended up with a 30 to 40 mi commute. In July, the repair part of our division is moving to Sykesville, so I'll be six miles from work. I've told more than one person, that unless the latest move and merger goes really wrong, I'll be retiring at about age 75 or so. I still have my orignal Bundy clarinet which I wail away on, badly, while I'm waiting for AOL to download the pictures of whatever I'm watching on Ebay.
Message for my classmates:
Somewhere in my house are some 35 mm negatives left over from high school days. I'll try to dig them up if I can. The system I work on still uses DOS, which is about the extent of my computer skills. I see what I can do about loading them onto a disk, but I can't promise anything.