Tombstone was closest hospital to residence in Benson, about 60 miles, as Doctor in Benson was on vacation (same for my brother 15 months later.) Delivery room had been a bank, and still had the bank vault doors. My great grandmother, Minnie Della (Vaughn-3362) Morley passed just a couple months before I was born, but knew I was on the way. She left me $100 in her will. That inheritance & the bank vault doors led to jokes I was born rich.
When Grandmother Gertrude Huber and Grandfather Athol Parker visited, I used to bring dog leash and Grandpa's hat to be taken for a walk.
Moved to Palmdale CA in March 1956- Dad was a trainer at Convair. Moved to China Lake Feb 1960- Dad volunteered to be laid off from Convair as he knew he could work on base as he had lived there with his Grandparents and done summer work there. He had severe a;lergies and had to live in the desert from a young age.
When my father hurt his hip in the early 60s and said he wouldn't be able to take us camping any more, I joined the Cub Scouts & later a Boy Scout troop that went on camping trips every month. Hiked 3 50 milers, attended the 1969 Boy Scout Jamboree at Farragut State Park in Idaho, and earned Eagle Scout rank.
My parents were leading members of the China Lake Ballet Society to encourage my sister to dance. This led to my first job, janitor at the Ballet Society. First real one was janitor at the local hospital. Took a Nurses Aide Training during the summer, scoring 2nd only to a Mensa student, and the Hospital let me work as Orderly in the Emergency Room and Central Supply.
Attended UCLA and UCSC. When I finished, the country was in the middle of the 1970s recession, so took a labor position at Kerr McGee Chemicals in Trona CA, only 30 minutes from China Lake. Enrolled in a 3 year Welding apprentiship program, which I finished in 9 months. Kerr McGee wouldn't recognize that achievement, so I left the company.
Moved back to Santa Cruz to eventually marry Cindy and worked several jobs welding, which also got me in the door at Watkins Johnson in 1980. I was specializing in TIG welding, and the Engineers of a new product line would bring me parts to be modified, and explain why. These parts were from a line of conveyorized furnaces to deposit SiO2 on wafers for the Semiconductor Industry. By 1983, WJ was hiring 4 people for the Laboratory to work on those Semiconductor systems, and I was tired of welding, so moved over.
In the Lab, we did R&D testing, film development such as Boron & Phosphorous doping of the Silicon Dioxide deposition, as well as proving the operation of each machine that was manufactured before it shipped to the customer. WJ asked me to do the same at customer sites, so I became a Field Service Engineer. IBM Burlington VT sponsored the development of the first system, so I spent a lot of time there, and other Semiconductor Manufacturing sites, eventually traveling all over the world, living in Europe for 4 years, and rising to Senior Product Support Engineer.
WJ sold the Semiconductor Equipment Division to Silicon Valley Group. SVG sold out to ASML (Netherlands), ASML divested to what became Aviza Technology. Aviza eventually closed down, with only minor remnants remaining. So, I worked the WJ thru Aviza APCVD Semiconductor product line from birth to dying stages, covering 29 years. At one time, we had over 80% of the market, especially for BPSG deposition for Semiconductor manufacturing.
I worked 9 more years at SierraTherm, purchased by Schmid (Germany), which made similar mass-production systems for the Solar Cell industry. SierraTherm was started by ex-members of WJ staff when WJ closed down production of furnaces for Electronics manufacturing to focus on the Semiconductor market in 1991. The man who had been my boss when I first entered field service at WJ was again my boss at SierraTherm.
I started my "retirement" part time seasonal job in 2003, a Tax Professional at H&R Block. I have risen to Enrolled Agent, and also did volunteer tax preparation for the elderly & low income.
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