December 2070 Years in the Making!
|Two crazy kids preparing for the vital task of producing TOF|
|Getting an early start on reading|
|Getting an early partner for hijinx|
|Even back then TOF favored suspenders|
|And then there were three brothers, all duded up for Easter|
|With four brothers, we had to line up to make a proper head count|
|Let alone with five|
|Okay, sometimes we didn't line up|
|TOF in High School was skinnier than today|
|As editor of the HS Literary Magazine, TOF published his own stories!|
(Yes, we wore jackets and ties to school. It was a professional job, after all.)
|TOF portrayed Mayor Shinn in The Music Man |
before HS plays became professionalized.
|And Sweet Sharon graciously accompanied him to the prom.|
|Then came college at LaSalle in Philadelphia, a 60 mile trip|
accomplished in a '54 Packard Clipper called "The Beast"
|TOF artistically contemplates a burning candle in his dorm room|
|Sweet Sharon graciously came to Philly for the Caisson Ball.|
After graduating with a BA in mathematics TOF proceeded to Milwaukee where he studied for a Masters in mathematics at Marquette University under J. Douglas Harris. While there, TOF lived in a sort of urban commune, one of the communards becoming the inspiration for The O'Neil in the Irish Pub stories and the Irish Pub we frequented becoming fictionalized as the setting thereto. The commune, somewhat modified as to its inhabitants, is currently undergoing rehearsals as the setting for The Shipwrecks of Time.
His work in General Topology led TOF to write a Masters thesis entitled "Universal Range Spaces and Function Space Topologies," a real wowser for which he expects the movie rights to be bought Real Soon Now. It was, however, published in a real, live mathematics journal. Woo hoo.
He had begun dating a girl named Maria, a native of Austria, and it seemed to be going somewhere, save she was probably not going to Colorado when TOF graduated and left town. Then two of the communards brought a coworker to dinner one day and although it is a cliche to say so, when she sat across the High Table from TOF and TOF looked into her smile, he just knew that she was the One. Her name was Margie. There were only two minor difficulties. TOF was already seeing Maria and Margie was already seeing Rich Old Elliot.
But difficulties are for overcoming, and upon graduation from Marquette, with a spanking new Masters degree and a Graduate assistantship waiting at Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, the newlyweds climbed in the back of a friend's van, surrounded by boxes of books and records in the approved 60s fashion and heighed for the Rocky Mountains. Despite predictions by those bemused at the suddenness of it all, they are still at it, 46 years later.
|The Incomparable Marge (l) and TOF (r) in 1972,|
the Era of Big Hair and Funky Jackets. TOF also had plaid
bell bottoms and paisley shirts and the Marge had a bright
yellow pants suit with flowers up the side. Boomer Rule!
|One thing (l) and another (r)|
|Yes, it's true. TOF had a beard for a time. And a lambs fur chapik.|
Clearly he was influenced by the Russians.
Or by the Amish, or something. Taken in the mountains near Golden, CO
Following a PhD interlude best passed over in silence, TOF spent eleven years as a quality engineer and applied statistician at Coors Container Company in Golden CO, engaged in problem-solving, experimental design, and other such activities. Again, there are few digitized photographs of this era. Following this, his head was hunted by STAT-A-MATRIX, a consulting and training firm then in Edison NJ, and for whom he engaged with various clients on sundry continents, including the Panama Canal Authority, ITC (Chennai, India), Reckitt-Benckiser (Johannesburg, Chartres, Australia, Hull), IAEA Safeguards (Vienna), NASA, et al. on quality management systems, statistical analysis, quality improvement, etc.
|TOF the consultant, in the ITC Compound outside Chennai, TN, India|
Much of what TOF observed in Chennai wound up as the Terran Corner
of Jehovah in the January Dancer
|TOF the writer. Stan Schmidt (l) then editor of Analog and|
Ian Randal Strock, then assistant editor
|Sometimes TOF gets the cover story!|
|TOF accepting the Theodore Sturgeon Award for best|
short fiction of the year
|TOF, shortly after seizing the Iron Throne for House Flynn|
|TOF, aggressively writing at Lunacon|
|TOF reading at the Battle of the Books, Bethlehem Public Library|
Photo by Sweet Sharon
|TOF the Moosehead|
|Sweet Sharon at 50th HS Reunion|
|The traditional line-up, the four surviving brothers|