Nutshell summary of who I am...
I live in El Dorado Hills, California, on the western side of the
Sierra Foothills, with my wife and two cats. (We sometimes borrow a
neighbor's dog.) I've recently retired from a career in software
development that began 1966, following a head start through
the UCLA Computer Club that began in 1962. My original college
education was in physics and math, but in truth that was only because
there was no such thing as computer sciences yet while I was a student.
Philosophically, I'd accept a label as either an engineer or a
scientist who's prone to being a generalist, not a specialist.
I'm driven to seek reality and reason, and am most comfortable with
things that can be measured and predicted. Politically, I'm
nonpartisan, with California voter party registration "Decline To
State". I served for 11 years as president of my homeowners
393 homes in my neighborhood.
Current and past hobbies include skiing, soaring (flying sailplanes),
sailing (including racing), occasional "pleasure driving" on open track
days, volunteering as a docent at the California Museum of Aerospace
History and at the California Railroad Museum. My strongest special
interest is in history of the X-15 flight research program -- the
second of three Giant Leaps in flight research during the 20th Century.
(The first was the Wright Brothers' work culminating in the Wright
Flyer's first flight, the third was Apollo and its major milestone of
the first human visit to the moon.) Links to a a few details...
Sailboat racing, off
Marina del Rey in Soling US 389
Three Grob G103s
at Crystal , mid-1980s.
Waiting for thermals to pop before launching...
This field is at the edge of the Mojave Desert, just north of the San
Gabriel Mountains. As a renter I flew each of the Grobs in this photo, plus a variety of other types of sailplanes.
Here's a roster of sailplanes listed in my logbook:
Schweizer: 1-26, 1-34, 1-35, 2-22, 2-32, 2-33
Glasflugel: Club Libelle
Grob: G102, G103
PZL Bielsko: SZD 50-3 Puchacz
North American Aviation: X-15
OK, I didn't actually fly the X-15 but Scott Crossfield kindly added a note about it in my logbook.
The X-15 is in fact classified as a motorglider according to definitions in FAA and international regulations.