I was the last of five generations of miners and ranchers that lived in the small town of Bisbee, AZ. My younger brother was the last of our generation to work the mines. My goal was to escape working underground to work underwater.
Since the age of thirteen my aim was to become a marine biologist. After graduating from California State University at Long Beach in 1975, I lived a Jacque Cousteau life, spending half my time underwater working for a biological consulting company diving all along the Southern California coast plus some of the Channel Islands. Unfortunately, life for many biologists, including my wife and I, ended when the Reagan administration cut EPA funding.
For the past thirtyfive years I've worked primarily as a patent illustrator while working at other professions as an accountant for an insurance agency, a cabinet maker with my own shop and a rodeo photographer. It wasn't until recently that I became interested in Librarianship and information management. Another interest, after retiring in many many years, would be going back to my hometown to work in the reference library of the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, a Smithsonian Museum affiliate, to catalog and digital their material.