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      Foreign travel.  Have visited:

          Europe - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy.

          Pacific and Far East - Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa, Japan, Thailand.

          Miscellaneous - The Caribbean.

 

     Foreign languages:

          German - Reading/writing/spoken to some degree, with a good dictionary

               (took 4 years in HS and college).    

          Italian - Some operatic Italian.

          Latin - 1 year.

    

     Other interests:

     Science and Technology - A long-standing interest. Subscribe to Scientific American, etc.

           Have met a number of famous Scientists (Carl Sagan, Piccard family, etc). 

 

     Medicine - Mainstream and alternative/holistic medicine are a strong interest.

          Follow developments as much as possible.

          Own a copy of Gray's Anatomy, books on physiology and anatomy, medical dictionaries,

          biochemistry, genetics, etc. (I prefer "truth in advertising" which is not something the

          pharmaceutical industry or the FDA generally believe in when it comes to medicines.

          I will not lie, exaggerate, or cover-up for Big Pharma or anybody else.  Our lives and health

          depend on truth and accuracy. Scientific integrity has been lost, but I won't join the ranks

          of those people. The situation is much more serious than most people realize, and has reached

          a state of crisis.)  

 

     Classical music - Mozart fan (and Bach fan). Have over 500 pieces by Mozart.

           Discovered  "Mozart's Musical Trademark" which had gone unnoticed for over 200 years.

           See my website on Mozart's Musical Trademark:  www.mozartsmtm,org    

           Have performed Mozart's Requiem several times.

           Have performed Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Minnesota Orchestra.

           Rewrote part of the Sanctus from Mozart's Requiem (K.626) in MIDI format.

           Have visited Mozart's birthplace (Geburtshaus) in Salzburg, Austria. 

 

           Researched a piece known as "Meistermusik", and have concluded that it's genuine Mozart,

           that it formed the basis of "The Masonic Funeral Music, K.477", and have essentially

           proven it on my Mozart website, going beyond the research done in the 1980's by a Mozart

           scholar who was the first to advance the theory. 

 

          Also researched Mozart's death, and concluded that the main culprits were his own Doctors!

          This is the opposite of most theories which have simply evaluated the "Disease" Mozart had.

          Many articles ask the question, "What Disease Did Mozart Die Of??"  

          They're asking the wrong question and focusing on the wrong problem. 

          The Disease put him in bed, but the Doctors finished him off! Not a conspiracy but incompetence.   

 

     Art - Have a collection of art books, and particularly appreciate Van Gogh and the French Impressionists.

 

     Theater - Have played leading roles in The Admirable Crichton (Crichton),  Romanoff and Juliet

          (Romanoff),  Candida (Marchbanks),  A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge), and

          L'Uomo dal Fiore in Bocha (playing "The Man" - a short, one-act play in English).

 

     Television - Was the accidental "Assistant Director" for a taped skit planned for Saturday Night Live,

          done at Francis Ford Coppolla's sound studio in San Francisco in 1979. Very enjoyable.

 

     Movies - Have made a few short (10-minute) movies, and one 90-minute movie with credits and

          additional, dubbed sound for our annual Ski Trip (Ski Trip 2000).

    

     Photography - Amateur photographer for many years. People and places, color and black-and-white.

 

     Computers - Lengthy experience with mainframes (MVS and OS/390) and PCs (DOS and Windows).

          Program in Assembler and COBOL, some SAS, CICS, DB2, used SPF, VSAM, RMF-1, 2, 3, etc.

          Developed and documented a simulator, language, and compiler for an old NCR390 computer. 

          Have an IBM mainframe simulator on my PC which runs the MVS 3.8 operating system.

 

     Aviation - Have a pilot's license (VFR) and a collection of aviation books.

          Have piloted a C-119 Flying Boxcar (large, twin-engine, cargo plane - "The Flight of the Phoenix" type.

          Have been on a Search-and-rescue mission over the Pacific in a Lockheed C-130.

          Have flown in the cockpit of a KC-135 jet tanker (Boeing 707).

          Have ridden in a B-25 bomber (taxiing), and have been in the cockpit of an active-duty B-29 bomber.

          Have flown in a WW2 B-17 Bomber as a paying customer.

          In the 1950's, examined one of the first, pre-production, hand built, Convair F-102, delta wing fighters

               in a hangar, stranded by some problem. It was the world's first supersonic, all-weather interceptor.

          Snuck aboard a Boeing B-52 bomber, once. No guard dogs inside, luckily...   

          "Flew" a 747-400 airliner in a Simulator at Northwest Airlines' training facility.

 

     Astronomy, Mars, Space - All are endlessly fascinating subjects. Have books on all 3 subjects.

         The Moon: Yes, we went to the Moon.

         We went to the Moon TEN (10) times and landed people on it SIX (6) times. 

         As to the Fox TV "Moon Hoax" program, most of it was stupid beyond belief.

         Ludicrous, Inane, Laughable, Mind-boggling, etc.  

         Some parts were more difficult to figure out, and caused many people to wonder if it had all

         been a hoax in order to beat the Soviet Union to the Moon in the "Space Race". 

         We had the Technology, the Money, the People, the Desire, and the Will.

         In fact, a number of other countries helped us get there, and were involved, before, during,

         and after the flights - proud to be a part of the Apollo Program.

         What's the hook to believe the nonsense? Conspiracy. Right idea, wrong topic.

 

         Personally, I thought that planting the flag and saluting it on every mission was a bit much,

         and not at all necessary. It was as if we were claiming the Moon as a possession of the

         United States. That over-the-top gesture on every mission might have annoyed some people.

         But the missions, overall, were extraordinary and usually, perfectly executed.

         (And the Flag parts only took a few minutes, and were just intended to show gratitude and

         pride towards the People and Country who worked so hard to get us there.

         It was the Astronaut's way of saying, "Thank you.") 

         For more information, see my additional web page:

 

 

              Yes -We-Went-To-The-Moon.htm

           

 

     Humor - I love humor!

        I didn't think it was THAT funny when The Lone Ranger stepped out of a car to

        give some jerk a piece of his mind (he deserved it), but it was amusing.

        You don't expect the Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) to emerge from the back seat of a car

        you've been honking at, and give you a tongue-lashing.

        Amusing, but it would have been funnier to have been there to see it in person. 

        Close, but no cigar. 

        A funnier one is the joke about the ship's Captain and his secret note, hidden in his cabin,

        locked up in a strong-box in a heavy safe with a combination lock, which he checked daily,

        and it said, "Port is left, starboard is right."

 

     World War 2 ---  

     *  Met a Doolittle Raider from the April 1942 bombing mission to the Tokyo area.   

        A very important mission.  The movie about the raid was called "30 Seconds Over Tokyo".          
        At the Oshkosh Air Show.

 

     *  Met Walter Stewart, the pilot of the first Ploesti oil refinery mission (1943), who got the B-24's
         back on course after the lead plane followed the wrong railroad tracks (the Orient Express Line)
         and made a wrong turn. He flew about 30 missions over Europe - more than most.

        At the Oshkosh Air Show.

 

     *  Met a "Flying Tiger" pilot from Gen. Claire Chenault's group based in China.      
 

    *  Met a Navy Corsair pilot who was on the little-known Last Combat Mission of WW2 on
       September 2nd, 1945 during the signing of the Japanese surrender, defending the USS Missouri
       against possible Kamikaze attack - a genuine nightmare possibility. The Missouri had already been
       hit once before by a Kamikaze plane in April of 1945, and employed a fighter cover and
       manned anti-aircraft guns during the surrender ceremony, in addition to dozens of MPs
       armed with pistols in case any of the Navy sailors, guests, or delegates got out of control.

       Sobering.  
       Hardly anyone knows about the Fighter Cover DURING the Surrender Ceremony (with

       General Douglas MacArthur and all the dignitaries on board), but again, I got it first-hand from

       one of the Navy Corsair pilots flying cover - a very pleasant old man with white hair, wearing

       bib overalls, whose son was an airline pilot, and had flown him out to the Air Show.      

       At the Oshkosh Air Show.

 

Saw evidence in Guam's Talofofo Falls region in 1968 of someone living in the jungle - when there

was still one Japanese straggler from WW2, Shoichi Yokoi, living on the island in that area.
Although Yokoi and his now-deceased comrades had lived in cave-like holes, someone had built

a crude, wooden shelter in the dense jungle, and left empty, rusting cans of Gerber's Baby Food

in the tiny shack. He was captured a few years later in 1972, along the banks of the Talofofo River,

and repatriated to Japan - 27 years after the war ended. 

I don't know if the stragglers ever lived there, but it looked like someone had lived there for a while.