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and descriptions of what makes me tick and what ticks me off.
After 20 years with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry, Bureau of Management Information Services (assigned to DataBase Administration in 1994), I accepted a similar position with the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Technology Services, Strategic Development Division, primarily assigned to the IIMS [Incident Information Management System] project. I spent two years extensively analyzing the business processes and identifying the data requirements to help design an integrated Records Management System to replace the existing, antiquated paper-based system. On October 12th, 2002 I took a job with the PA Department of State, Technical Services Division to assist in their database section (eventually under the Operations Division of BMIS). On October 25th 2014, with 35 years of service to the Commonwealth of PA, I retired.
I thoroughly enjoy the challenges of keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies in order to facilitate the organization and presentation of information. This also ties in well with my overly enthusiastic interest in genealogy as a hobby.
I was married nearly 20 years when my wife decided to part ways to begin another chapter in our lives. Fortunately this marriage produced two energetic, intelligent and conscientious sons. They have spent many summers working at HersheyPark and have kept busy with numerous activities at school and with friends. In the Spring of 2007 my eldest son graduated from Penn State University, State College campus. He is currently employed by the Geisinger Health System. My younger son graduated from George Mason University in the Spring of 2009. He continued his education and earned his Masters degree in Public Administration in 2011. He is currently employed by the Federal Government and lives near Fairfax VA. I could not be prouder of each of my sons' accomplishments since graduating from college. Both have become successful, independent and respectable young men.
In the past, we've enjoyed visits to:
Baltimore for an Orioles game,
State College for Penn State football games,
and Hershey to watch the Bears play hockey.
Favorite vacation spots are:
Santa Fe NM,
Rehoboth Beach DE,
(to visit the Menons),
Salt Lake City UT,
and even New York City.
Photos from some of my recent travels.
Some day soon I hope to take a trip to Scotland to see the land from which my ancestors came.
Personally, I enjoy the Pittsburgh area (of genealogical interest) or any "out of the way" community that might contain clues of my relatives, either past or present.
I'll welcome your comments or questions by E-Mail. Thanks for visiting... Come back as often as you like for additional information and new links as I add to my favorite Internet sites.
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