Dale Oliver Byers was born 21 Jul 1951 in East Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States.
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As the story was related to Dale by his parents his parents lived with his grandparents for a time before they moved to Chardon Township, Geauga County, Ohio in 1956. It is unclear which set of grandparents they lived with first but it is clear that they lived with both for the first 5 years of his life. There is an interesting facts about this both relating to his maternal grandparents which lead this writer to believe that the family lived with them for at least the first 3 years of this period. Fact 1, Dale and all of his siblings and cousins called his maternal grandparents "Nan and Pops". As the story goes this was because he started calling them Mom and Dad because his Aunts were still living at home when he was just starting to talk and he got confused. At that time the decision was to use the names of Nan and Pops for his grandparents to avoid the young child's confusion.
Back in the early 1960's when Dale would spend weekends with his grandparents and his grandfather had a workshop in his basement where we would fix all sorts of things. Around the same time he gave Dale a transistor radio for his birthday. Dale carried that thing everywhere and it was constantly acting up so he had to do minor repairs to keep it working, replacing it was not an option as long as they could repair it. Dale's grandparents were not poor but his grandfathers upbringing was one to not waste money. Dale's grandfather was also the manager of a trucking company based in the flats of Cleveland Ohio so on the odd weekend He would take him with him when he had to go in on a Saturday and Dale would get to play with the teletype in the office while his grandfather worked. Dale's grandfather also had a soldering gun and a big roll of solder for fixing the wires that came loose on Dale's radio in his workshop. Fast forward to High School in the mid 60's, Dale made friends with one of the main people on the audio video team, Michael Bishop, and joined them. The school had a video tape recorder for the team to use but in those days it took at least three people to work it, one for the sound, one to run the camera, and one to run the tape deck. We usually had a team of 4, One to be the on camera person and rotated the positions often. Near the end of the 60's Dale's favorite magazine was Popular Electronics and Radio Shack along with Allied Electronics were his favorite stores. After graduating High School in 1969
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Dale attended Kent State University, starting in the fall of 1969, with a major in elementary education. He decided that was not what he wanted to do with his life and quickly changed his major to more of a theater and television production based one. After the Kent State shootings on May 4 1970 as well as discovering that the jobs he would get after graduation paid less than the job he already held Dale decided to drop out of college and dedicate more time to his current job. Dale then branched out into general audio work and even became a certified repair technician for Lowrey Organs. He started to work on building a Ham radio transmitter but instead he started dating the girl who would later become his wife so radio went by the wayside. Sometime In the 1970's he did get into CB radio, this was when you had to pay $20 for a 5 year license. Dale married his girlfriend at the time, Kathy Broadbent, on 27 Oct 1973 in Munson township, Geauga county, Ohio, United States and they moved into a home they had purchased in Burton Village, Geauga county, Ohio, United States. The couple had two children with the first being born in 1977 and lived in that home for many years. Around this time Dale and his wife got involved with a CB radio group, one of the better groups that provided public service for events and stayed with that group until the early 2000's.
1980 to 1990
In the 1980's Dale went back to college with the goal of earning his Associates degree. No real reason for this decision except that by doing this he would no longer be classified a dropout. He only needed 17 credit hours to do this and they could be anything at all so he went with his interests and studied computers and computer programming.
My journey started when my daughter had school homework to fill out a "family tree" chart. I dug all the information required and helped her with that. Next she had a Brownies badge that required her to fill out a "family tree" chart. Naturally we could not find the one she did for school so I had to start over. Soon after that my son had the same school homework for a "family tree" and, you guessed it, the charts we did for our daughter could not be located. About this time I had my second computer, an IBM PC clone, so I got smart, at least I thought I did and entered the information into the computer. This actually was a good idea because not long after my son had the family tree requirement for a cub scout achievement and at least this time I had the information at hand. Then my grandmother found out what I did! She decided she liked my idea to digitize the work and gave me her rather large pile of paper files with her work on the family history as she called it. I started looking for a better program to input and store her data and started playing with several. 30+ years later and I am still checking out different programs but now the majority of the work is mine and not my grandmothers. Her work was helpful but as with most family history stories there were some errors that I have caught. In her defense I do have better research weapons than she ever had. Ts 1000 Tandy 1000 Radio Shack pocket computer
1990 to 2000
Much later after my wife and I separated I saw an ad for a free class on Ham radio so I decided why not. After a week of classes they held the test session on a Saturday so I took the class and took the tests, yes at that time it took at least two tests to get a license, and passed both of them in 1998 and was granted the callsign of KC8LAO.
2000 to 2010
2010 to 2020
In 2016 I took the test to upgrade to General and passed. I also applied for and was granted the Vanity callsign of K8DOB which I hold at the present time. In 2018 I took a 12 week course and took the test to earn my Extra license, the highest available in the United States.
how I got started in Genealogy.
Dale is 23 degrees from Stan Laurel, 21 degrees from Oliver Hardy, 22 degrees from Harpo Marx, 38 degrees from Graham Kennedy, 42 degrees from Louis de Funès, 35 degrees from Benny Hill, 21 degrees from Lucille Ball, 21 degrees from Gale Henry, 22 degrees from Charlie Chaplin, 18 degrees from Buster Keaton, 27 degrees from Joan Davis and 31 degrees from Carolina Millin on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.