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"I was born a poor black child."
- Navin R. Johnson

Okay, I wasn't.

I was born white in the mid-1960's in the San Francisco Bay Area, about half way between San Francisco and San Jose.  Grew up in a town there called Belmont.  Lived there until after high school, then I lived in Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Belmont again, Portland (okay, West Linn, really), Seattle (actually in Auburn), Belmont again, then San Bruno, then Littleton, Colorado, and then Elizabeth, Colorado.

At the writing of this, I've been married for over five years.  We have a daughter, Sydney.

Professional Information

 I lived in the Bay Area until I was kicked out of Carlmont High School.  Seems I had a bit of an attendance problem.  I then moved to Sacramento where I worked in construction, political fund raising, and retail sales while I started college at American River College.  After a relationship went very sour, I decided to move back to the Bay Area.

That didn't last long.

I then moved to San Luis Obispo and finished college at the school with the longest name: California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.  At least I figure it's the school with the the longest name.  If there's one with a longer name, I pity them.  I got my degree in English Language and Literature, also studying Film Studies.

Of course, most of the jobs for people with English degrees involve saying, "Would you like fries with that?"  I planned on heading off to get my Ph.D. and live in academia for the rest of my life.  I'd been accepted to Washington State University at Pullman and was scheduled to start there in the Fall of 1992.  I had an apartment, utilities hooked up, the works.

In the mean time, I'd been working at software quality assurance, testing software drivers for a Windows-based 24-bit graphics accelerator made by SuperMac.  This was in Sunnyvale, CA, with their Windows division being just outside of Portland.  Around June they offered me a full-time position with relocation to Portland.  Well, I wasn't all that sure that I wanted to get a Ph.D., so the choice between abject poverty in Pullman or a good salary in Portland was pretty easy to make.

I worked there until they folded just after Christmas 1993.  Then I moved to the Seattle area and did contract QA work for Frank Russell Investments.  I hated Seattle so much that I took a huge pay cut to move to a higher cost of living area by moving back to the Bay Area and working for Advent Software for about a year.  While there I learned yet another software QA tool called QA Partner, made by Segue Software.  I started working for them as a consultant in April 1996 and worked there for just over five years until I was laid off in May 2001.

Actually, I volunteered to be laid off.  Wanted to start my own company.  And did, with two others who volunteered to be laid off.  We started Amelior Technology and began delivering high quality, lower cost QA automation solutions to the world.  We've been doing quite well.  Not as well as we'd hoped, but we started out a time when the economy sucked.

 


 

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