I was foisted onto this planet in September of 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, the firstborn of the second generation of immigrants from Lithuania. Growing up close to my grandparents who spoke little English, I learned the English and Lithuanian languages pretty much simultaneously.
Attended the local parochial grammar school and St. Rita High School where I was a member of the National Honor Society. During my high school years I was fascinated by cars and electronics, including amateur radio. Was a member of a local hot rod club called the Rod Benders where I learned a great deal about racing engines. I put this knowledge to use in college where I repaired cars on the side for badly needed money.
I attended Wilson College in Chicago and earned an Associate’s Degree. From there I went on to Marquette University in Milwaukee and studied Electrical Engineering and Production Management and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. While there I met my wife, Sandra, who was studying biochemistry and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. We have three children and eight grandchildren.
Went to work for Motorola’s Communications Division as an Industrial Engineer in the two-way radio manufacturing operations. Introduced several innovations including the first application of automatic printed circuit board component insertion. Over my forty years with the company I moved through several layers of management in numerous disciplines. Prior to retirement I was using the Federal courts to prosecute individuals who were illegally pirating Motorola’s two-way radio service software. In many cases this software was used to modify radios to interfere with police communications systems.
In 2007 Sandra and I purchased a home in Punta Gorda Isles and made Charlotte County our retirement community.
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