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Shorecrest Outdoor School
Updated:2017-12-31 11:24 by
I attended Shorecrest Outdoor School on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg up to 3rd grade. The picture is with my Dad in front of the school sign. I loved the art and singing our classes did in addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic. I had a girl friend in 1st grade named Lila Davis who had polio and used a wheelchair. We used to sing our favorite song together, "How much is that dogie in the window". I remember my mom taking me to Lila's house to visit. I lived with my mother in a garage appartment behind the Gardner's house on 18th Avenue NE. I became friends with Angelia Gardner who was my age, and my mother became lifelong friends with Angelia's mother Eulie Gardner.
Northward Elementary School
Updated:2017-12-30 12:34 by
I attended Northward in 4th grade. I joined a Cub Scout troop, and later joined Boy Scout troop 407 at First Congregation Church on 4th Street.
Harris Elementary School
Updated:2017-12-31 11:16 by
After my mother married William J. Dodenhoff, we moved to a new house at 2321 - 43 Avenue North in St. Petersburg and I attended Harris Elementary for 4th - 6th grade. I remember riding my new bike to school and one day someone stole it just to ride home to lunch, and then brought it back. The 5th grade was where I learned most of the 4 letter words as some kids used them in every sentence on the playground. When they used them in class the teacher would rap their knuckles. I joined the safety patrol and had a job of raising the US flag every morning. One day I accidentially had it upside down and a veteran complained. In the 6yh grade I got to go to Washington DC by train as part of the Safety Patrol marching in a parade. Also in the 6th grade, I got to appear on the Captain Mac show on local TC to talk about the Safety Patrol. I had it all on index cards and was petrified but thought it was fun afterwards.
Lealman Junior High School
Updated:2017-12-31 11:28 by
I attended Lealman Junior High School for 7th - 9th grades. The teacher I remember best was Mr. Wellman who gave me my own math problems to solve because I was board with class work. My best friend David Steves and I both got motorbikes when we turned 14 and rode them to school. With a learners permit at 14 we could ride motorbikes from sunrise until sunset, and drive a car with an adult present. We once took a trip over the Skyway on our 50 cc motorbikes and rode around to the Tampa Causeway where we camped for the night on the beach, and then rode home the next day.
Northeast High School
Updated:2017-12-31 11:48 by
Keywords:NEHI I attended Northeast High School and graduated in the top 10% as member of National Honor Society. My favorite class was calculus with Mr. Brown. I upgraded my transportation from a motorbike to a 1949 Chevy Coupe that I bought for $125 and spent a lot of time fixing up and polishing.
St. Petersburg Junior College
Updated:2017-12-31 12:10 by
I attended St. Petersburg Junior College and graduated with Associate in Arts Degree before SPJC changed its name to St. Petersburg College and started offering 4 year degrees as well. My favorite class was calculus where I did every problem in the textbook over the 3 semester course. I took 2 years of German but have forgotten it all as I never had opportunity to use it. I really enjoyed the humanities course which taught me about many of the major religions and cultures of the world.
University of South Florida College of Engineering
Updated:2017-12-31 16:07 by
I attended the USF College of Engineering and graduated with both a BSE and an MSE. My mentors through engineering college were Dr. Linus Scott, Chairman of the Energy Convention (Mechanical Engineering) Department, and Betty Scott who before she married Dr. Scott was an assistant to Dean Kopp. Betty really ran the college. My best friend at USF was Wayne Ralph. In the summer of 1967 we took an analog computer from USF lab to the FPC Crystal RIver Unit 2 power plant to simulate the boiler turbine responses during automatic startup testing of the new GE/PAC 4000 process control computer. I spent 3 summers working at Florida Power and in 1967 I met my future wife Charlotte working at the Computer Services Department at FPC. That summer I developed a FORTRAN program for Bill May that worked like an Excel spreadsheet totaling rows and columns of numbers for estimating project costs. The numbers and descriptions were on punched cards, the input device of choice back then. While at USF I wrote hundreds of FORTRAN programs and as you may have guessed by now, I planned to make a living as a software engineer rather than a power plant engineer.
International Business Machines
Updated:2017-12-31 16:42 by
In 1970 shortly after going to work for Florida Power full time as a systems programmer, I spent 3 weeks in Atlanta attending IBM system programming classes covering operating system controls, data file management, and system generation processes. This training was very helpful, but even more helpful was the vast array of IBM manuals available via the FPC IBM System Engineer on site, Ivan Davis. The first few years I was always reading IBM manuals learning 360 computer architecture, operating systems, utilities, and languages. Within a few years FPC consolidated 360-20, 360-30's, and 360-40 into single 360-50 and upgraded from BOS, TOS, and DOS to OS-MFT operating system.
Southeast Electric Exchange
Updated:2017-12-31 16:25 by
In 1977 after becoming the Acting Director of FPC Computer Services, I attended the 3 week Southeast Electric Management Course at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Also attending were Tom Kane, Director of FPC Energy Control, and Jim McClure, ab FPC financial manager. The course was a great introduction to utility management and an opportunity to get to know a group of utility management people. The SEE also sponsored annual IT confrences which I attended periodically during my 25 years at FPC. These were particularly helpful as I got to meet other utility IT directors who shared many of the same management challenges.
Harvard Business School IT Course
Updated:2017-12-31 19:16 by
In 1983 FPC sent me to a Harvard Business School 3 week course in Cambridge Mass. for IT Directors from all around the world. We listened to lectures and studied business cases involving IT. We also got to know each other better and learned a lot. The most interesting person I met was in charge of all the Visa credit card processing in the South Pacific region. His primary concern was mainframe reliability, redundancy, and recovery time.
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