After teaching sociology for several years, I was invited to direct an urban research project in Kansas City the Mid-America Urban Observatory. I gradually transitioned from academia, through not-for-profit opportunities, eventually to for-profit companies. Before I retired in 2003 I designed computer systems for hospitals and doctors offices. A number of designs that I helped to implement were patented by my last employer, Siemens Corporation.
I have been married for more than 35 years. My wife and I enjoy reading, movies, gardening, birding, and local democratic politics. She is a retired research psychologist and a very talented artist.
Today I feel that our country is facing multiple serious crises, and that informed educated citizens have a responsibility to speak out and work for positive change. From time to time I wish that our government, our economy, and our world were all running smoothly and peacefully, and I could relax and enjoy my retirement. But I feel the attacks of the Bush Administration on our rights are as serious as the attack on Pearl Harbor. Like millions of young Americans then, I feel a moral obligation to fight for my country now, by exposing and publicizing the dangers threatening our democracy dangers that originate within our own corrupt government.
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