Voted “Most Likely to Become a Mad Scientist”
I was raised in the 1950s and 60s in Elmwood Park Illinois, a small northwest suburb of Chicago. It was an ideal place for a mid-century, mid-west family to live and raise a family. My early interest in science, electricity, engines, radio, pyrotechnics, fast cars, chemistry, mathematics and electronics led me on my way, but those early years were difficult because I was inept at social skills. My life was a series of scientific experiments trying to understand how things work; from almost burning down my grammar school with a science fair project, turning on neighbor’s fluorescent lights with high powered radio gear, and losing radio control air planes somewhere over Chicago, my mad scientist moniker was well deserved.
Although my adult years are not covered in this memoir I managed to become an electronics instructor in the Crypto field for the USAF, helped design fuel injection computers at Carnegie Mellon Institute, designed integrated circuits and microprocessors in Silicon Valley, founded two software companies, and was inducted into the Printed Circuit Board Software “Hall of Fame” in 2013. I also like drag racing where I can blend technology with high performance engines.
I have written articles for electronics and automotive publications, and my first book, “How to Build Max-Performance HEMI Engines” was published in 2010.
I live with my wife Linda and two Corgis in Northern California.