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Was born in Venice (Los Angeles) and have been an outdoors man ever since. I refer to myself as an “Old Desert Rat” as my family had a cabin in Owens Valley, where the China Lake Naval Weapons Test Center is now. We lived there off and on from 1935 until February 1942 when the Navy took it over. I love the desert and go there when ever I can. I know Death Valley better then most DV Rangers.

I grew up in an amusement zone; my father was the head of maintenance for the Abbott Kenny Company, owners of the Venice Amusement Pier. The shooting galleries (my favorite place) started using Browning .22 automatics when I was six years old. At that point I was given an 1890 Winchester .22 pump.

In February 1950 I joined the Naval Reserve and in January 1951 I went into the regular Navy. I got out in January 1955, the usual ribbons: Korea (no stars), National Defense, and Good Conduct at age 22. I was married and we had two babies.

I went to work for Douglas Aircraft in their R & D Lab as a machinist/test technician and went to college, graduating in June 1960. I had rifles and started reloading in the summer of 1960.

I moved from So Cal to San Jose in December, 1960 and became an Aerospace Environmental Test Engineer, designing and building test equipment and testing satellites.

With my R & D and machine-shop background I had to have my own small machine shop so I could play with guns and motorcycles. I retired on January 1, 1990 and it was motorcycles, guns, shooting, hunting, and reloading from then on.

I joined PRGC in December 2004. We moved up here in February 2005 and I have been active in the club ever since. When we moved here I sold most of my machinery and up-graded with newer and better machines.

I lost my wife of 56 years on April 7, 2008. Now I live in my own little world of riding my motorcycles, shooting, building and fixing guns.

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