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Wayne Shepard

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Wayne Shepard
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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 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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Wayne, making more than one thousand contributions in September added so much to the breadth and depth of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks YOU!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Wayne, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Wayne!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 (actually, over 2100!) contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Wayne!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi there! My name is Vicky (Freeth) Majewski and I am a WikiTree Mentor.

This is just a courtesy e-mail to see how things are going. Are you enjoying WikiTree so far? Any questions? Any issues?

Feel free to contact me via my profile page. I am happy to help!

Hi Wayne --

How is it going so far? Was the first page of the How-Tos helpful or did it leave you with questions?

We want to help! Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

Shirley ~ WikiMessenger

PS Sometimes links don't work in emails. You can always find a link that works in the public comments on your profile.

Hi Wayne,

Congratulations on being Pre-1700 certified! Project participation is strongly encouraged because so many of us share ancestors by the time we get back that far. I'm here to help you find a project that best fits your current research focus.

Think about the particular time periods, locations, and topics in which you're interested. Do you have some historically-significant ancestors? Take a look at the list of active projects for examples of what we have going on.

If you see one that's just right, go ahead and join. Otherwise, let me know what you're looking for and I'll see what I can find.

Debi ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Welcome !

You are now a full member and can add your family to the big tree! Start with our New Member How-To pages. They will save you time, energy and frustration as you add your family profiles. We are so happy to have you here in the WikiTree community. Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help!

Bill D  :-D

p.s. Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile as the links will work from there.

posted by Bill Dunkley
Hello Wayne,

You may want to use your own surname in the Last Name at Birth field. This will ensure that your profile is listed on the correct surname page with other members and ancestors who also have that surname. Our naming conventions can be found at Name Fields.

If you are concerned about Privacy, click the Privacy tab on your profile or visit our Privacy help page to read about how the different settings work.

Thanks, Cindy ~ WikiTree Greeter

Welcome to the WikiTree family!

I'm here if you need any help or have questions! Just click my name above this comment and post a message to my wall or send me a private message. :)

Cindy ~ WikiTree Greeter

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