Wayne grew up in western Massachusetts and graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1969. He adopted genealogy as a hobby at the age of seventeen. After years of being the object of school bullying, he went to college under the name Ron Harris, signifying a new beginning. He never legally changed his name, though he continued to use it informally for two decades.
He entered the University of Massachusetts as a geology student but switched his major to archaeology after one semester. As the school did not have an archaeology department, Wayne completed the requirements for degrees in history and anthropology. Having decided he wanted to make educational films about history and anthropology, he moved to Los Angeles upon graduation to learn film work. There he was a college drop-in at USC film classes. After about six months, he moved to San Francisco to take advantage of affordable film schools.
While working for a delivery service to pay the rent, he met Joe Johansen who convinced him to take up bass guitar and form a band together. He had been a keyboardist in rock bands in high school and college. They formed the Jojo Hansen Band and played in various venues in Northern California around 1976. The band broke up in 1977 and he joined Space Trash, a Berkeley garage band. Then in 1978, he joined San Francisco. All this time he had been working on songwriting and in 1979 recorded several songs in a studio, including Love For No Reason, Perfect Love Affair, Bird On The Wing and Sapphire.
When this final band broke up, he reevaluated his situation. He had done nothing with his college degree and friends were advising him that it was an ideal time to get into computer programming. So he signed up with Control Data Institute and completed their nine-month course in six months, using the extra months for extra credit. His first programming job was with New Century Beverages, a soft drink distributor. The company was sold to Pepsi Cola in 1977 and after two years integrating the business into Pepsi computers, Wayne was laid off. Here began four years of "early retirement," during which he lived frugally and worked as an actor, mostly on stage. Among his favorite performances, he was part of the inaugural season of the Summer Shakespeare Festival at Gundlach Bundshue winery and did two plays at the Sierra Repertory in Sonora, California, namely A Comedy of Errors and A Child's Christmas in Wales. In 1974, he returned to computer programming, landing a job with Zadek, Inc., a software consulting firm. By the end of the year, he was contracted half time to PG&E, which turned into a full-time posting a year later. He continued as Zadek's rep at PG&E for eleven years, somewhat longer than the eight-year limit in PG&E's contracting policy. In 2006, for multiple reasons, he took a position with ShoesForCrews.com which required relocating to West Palm Beach, Florida. He worked there until he retired in 2013.
In retirement, he has adopted the parish of Llanrug, in Wales, as a topic of genealogical study and has entered thousands of it's nineteenth-century residents into Wikitree.
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