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About William (His fortunes, misfortunes, fits, starts, comings and goings. How he rose from humble beginnings to the well deserved anonymity that he enjoys today)    history

William is the first-born son of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, and a native of Brooklyn, New York. His parents loved this Country with a passion that only refugees who fled persecution and oppression in the Old World can truly understand. They passed that devotion on to their progeny. William is old enough to remember the New York City blackouts and air raid drills in the early days of World War II.
WW-II blackout civil defense poster

Having grown up on the Left Coast, and graduated from institutions of higher learning in Chicago, New York, Rhode Island and San Diego, with way points in between, he has lived in a cross-section of these United States. He currently resides quietly in the Mid-West (so named because it is mostly in the Eastern and Central Time Zones.)
University of Chicago (Bond Chapel)    RPI Campus (Lally Hall)    US Naval War College    University of San Diego (Dome)

William has been a son, a brother, a cousin, a husband, a father, an uncle, a grandfather, a grand uncle, and now a widower, with varying degrees of success. William has also been a student, a cannery worker, a sailor, a naval officer, a university professor, a software developer, a skipper, an executive officer, a project manager, a management systems consultant, a software quality engineer, a lawyer, and a writer. One wonders what might become of him should he eventually figure out what he wants to be.

rickshaw   William rode in a rickshaw once, and was ashamed and embarrassed by the experience. He has traveled abroad in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Vietnam and Thailand, all courtesy of the US Navy. He has been to war, both hot and cold.20 years of service
He has been shot at, swung at, cursed at, and often welcomed. So far, the number of times he has gotten up exceeds the number of times he has been knocked down by a margin of one. Bronze Star Medal
The only wealth William has amassed to date is an exceptional family. Parents who raised him to think for himself. Two wives who are directly responsible for all of his five known children, and put up with him for reasons that are unclear. Those wonderful offspring and their children, two brothers and their families, dozens of cousins and assorted in-and-out-laws round out the mix. It is enough.

William has done his best to live a life in keeping with the teachings of some of the great thinkers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."

Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self Reliance,"
Essays, First Series, 1841.

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