As a kid, I loved to construct electronic projects, many using Vacuum Tubes. I delighted in seeing the magic glow of the vacuum tubes as they lit up. I always knew that I wanted to be an electrical engineer. In 1956, I operated an illegal AM radio station from our garage. I stacked up 45's on the RCA turntable as high as they would stack and talk in between the loading again of the changer. The transmitter was a Knight Kit that I built and modified for more power. After High school, I spent 3 years in Uncle Sam's army as a missile electronic maintenance technician. After the Army stint, I received a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering (with advanced studies in computer architecture) from the University of Kentucky. I was on the staff of the University of Kentucky for 10 years designing data collection electronics for Nuclear Physics research. In 1980, I went to work for Texas Instruments Defense Systems (later Raytheon) where I became the lead Electrical engineer for the Paveway weapons program. Later, I assumed lead engineer responsibilities for various high end Infrared Night Vision systems. I was a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS) at Texas Instruments which is an honor held by 3% of the engineering population. I retired from Raytheon Network Centric Systems in December 2009 as Senior Principal Electrical Engineer with Honors. I am a Professional Engineer (Lic:73045) with inactive/retired status. I am a life member of International Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Circuits and Systems Society. My hobbies include RVing with my wife Karen and Molly the Shitzu, listening to and contributing to Blues music as a member of the Blues Foundation and cooking Western Kentucky Style Barbecue. After retirement, I founded Crossfire Electronics, a small company dedicated to designing and building custom guitar amplifiers.