I grew up in Florida, where I graduated high school. From there I attended MIT and obtained a degree in mathematics. By the time I left MIT, however, I had my heart set on being a professional musician, playing the classical guitar. This I worked on during the decade of the 1970s and was fairly successful. Along the way I obtained two more degrees, a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree.
In 1980 I enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Colorado in Boulder. However, by then I was experiencing problems with my hands, a condition not uncommon among musicians termed focal dystonia. And, as I was very dissatisfied with the CU PhD program, I elected to drop out.
I obtained a job with Amoco Production Company as a programmer/analyst and worked there for 7 years. I left that job to start my own software company, Autumn Hill Software, which I ran successfully for about another 7 years. We created and sold software development tools for the PC/DOS marketplace. With the advent of Windows, however, our market dried up. and we shut down.
Following Autumn Hill, I joined a small startup, Sitera, as a Senior Software Engineer. The company's focus was bringing to market a programmable packet processing chip for networking application. At it core it utilized a custom version of the MIPS processor, which makes use of a pipelined instruction fetch and decode architecture. My job was to develop an assembler for the chip, so that users could write programs, assemble them, then download them to the chip. It was exciting work. I wrote the assembler in C++.
This was the late 1990s, and tech stocks were trading at insanely high values. We were purchased by Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation, and we all made a bunch of money. But, then 9/11/2001 happened, and then the market came to its senses. At the end, Vitesse laid off everyone of us and shut down the Colorado facility. This was 2002.At that point I developed an interest in website programming and started freelancing websites. I've been doing this ever since, with the exception of one year, 2014, where I took a fulltime job as an in-house website guru with Great Big Color, a large format printer in Denver, Colorado. They printed billboards and the large signs you see on the sides of buses, among other things.
I continue to do freelance website development at the present, as I enjoy it immensely. I find it an interesting creative outlet, and there's always something new to learn to pique one's curiosity.Education
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||BS degree, Mathematics|
|University of Tampa||BM degree, Music|
|University of South Florida||MM degree, Music|
|University of Colorado||1 year of course work, PhD, Musicology|
|Aspen Music Festival||2 summers studying classical guitar|