Born: February 12th, 1933 in Star City, Saskatchewan, Canada

Education

1st grade: Catholic grade school in Van Nuys
2nd grade: Santa Maria
3rd grade: Montreal and then Garrick, Saskatchewan, Canada
4th thru 6th grades: Linda VIsta Elementary, San Diego
7th grade: Warren Walker Elementary School on Point Loma
8th grade: Skipped
9th grade: Kearny Junior Senior High School, San Diego
10th grade: St. Augustine High School, San Diego
11th grade and 12th grades: Kearny High School, San Diego
1949 to 1952: San Diego State College

1963 to 1964: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey.

U.S. Navy

1952 to 1953: Naval Aviation Cadet at Pensacola Fl. and Kingsville, TX. (Commissioned on 9/15/1953)

1953: Jet Transition Training at NAS Kingsville

1953 to 1955: Fighter Squadron 112 based at NAS Miramar flying F9F-6 “Cougars.” Deployed to WestPac on the USS Kearsarge (CVA 33).

1956-1958: ATU 205 at NAS Memphis. Advanced jet transition instructor flying the TV-2 (T-33).

1958: Navy Line School, Monterey, CA

1958-1960: USS Lexington: Hangar Deck Officer and Assistant Navigator.

1960: Fighter Squadron 121: F3H Demon transition training.

1960 to 1962: Fighter Squadron 193: Safety Officer and then Operations Officer in this F3H Demon Squadron based at NAS Miramar. WestPac cruise on the Bonne Homme Richard (CVA-31)

1963 to 1964: Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA (promoted to Lt. Cmdr in July 1963)

1964 to 1965: VT-24: Instructed in advanced jet transition, instruments and fighter tactics, flying the F9F-8T "Cougar," at NAS Beeville, Texas.

1965 to 1967: Naval Aviation Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer on the staff of the Commander Naval Air Advanced Training. At NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.

1967 to 1968: Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Three (RVAH-3). RA-5C "Vigilante" transition training at Sanford, Florida.

1968 to 1970: Reconnaissance Attack Squadron Eleven (RVAH-11): Operations Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of this North American RA-5C squadron based at NAS Albany, Georgia. Two cruises to WestPac on the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). Flew 100 Combat missions over North Vietnam. Awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and 10 Air Medals. During that period the squadron was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation and a Navy Unit Commendation. A Vigilante video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyIOyQniNe0&NR=1

1970 to 1972: USS Oriskany (CVA-34): Assistant Air Officer and then Air Officer ("Air Boss"). Made two cruises to WestPac. During that period the Oriskany was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

1972 to 1975: Staff of the Chief of Naval Material in Arlington, VA.: Director of the Advanced Vehicles Division under the Chief of Naval Development. (Selected for Captain USN on 8/31/73. Date of Rank: 7/01/1974)

Business

1975 to 1982: Systems Analyst at Decision Science, Inc., San Diego
1982 to 1992: Systems Analyst and then Department Head at Titan Systems, Inc., San Diego
1992 to 1993: Laser Safety Engineer for Westinghouse Corporation's Underwater Systems,
San Diego

Politics

1994 to 2003: President of the Rancho North Coast Democratic Club
1995 to 1997: San Diego County Democratic Party's Director of Communications
1997 to 2000: San Diego County Democratic Party's Director of Clubs
2000 to 2002: Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party

Political Awards

1997: San Diego County Democratic Party Chair's Award
1998: California Democratic Party’s Regional Director’s Award for Outstanding Service
1999: Henry Aurbach Achievement Award
2003: San Diego County Democratic Party Lifetime Achievement Award
2004: California Democratic Party Regional Democrat of the Year
2005: Rancho North Coast Democratic Club’s Outstanding Service Award
2006: San Diego County Democratic Party Lifetime Member Award

Flight Summary

Types of aircraft flown: SNJ “Harvard,” F6F “Hellcat,” C-45, TV-2/T-33 "Seastar," F9F-5 “Panther,” F9F-6 “Cougar,” F9F-8T/TF-9J “Cougar,” T-28 “Trojan,” TF/C1A “Trader,” F3H-2 “Demon,” RA-5C “Vigilante”

Total Hours: 3864
Total Hours Jets: 3032

Carrier Landings Day: 423
Carrier Landings Night: 81
Total Carrier Landings: 504

RA-5C Carrier Landings Day: 149
RA-5C Carrier Landings Night: 51
Total RA-5C Carrier landings: 200

Cars

1932 Ford Model A Roadster, 1937 Ford 2 Door, 1949 Ford 2 Door, 1955 Ford Victoria, 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, 1957 Ford Thunderbird, 1958 Thunderbird, 1960 Ford Falcon, 1958 Austin Healey 100, 1962 Corvair Monza Coupe, 1963 Corvette, 1960 VW, 1968 VW, 1968 Porsche 911L, 1974 Volvo 164, 1975 VW Rabbit, 1978 Porsche 924, 1984 BMW 325i, 1985 Volvo 760, 2002 Mercedes C220, 2004 Mercedes C320, 2008 Mercedes C350, 2010 Mercedes E-350