After graduation I resolved to explore the rumors that there was a world east of the Sierra Nevada. Forty years later that exploration is proceeding well. (I have also periodically checked that there is still a state of California. It appears to still be there, between the states of Confusion and Despair.) Along the way I have had two careers college mathematics teaching and aerospace engineering and lived in six different states. Last year I took my first step toward confirming the existence of worlds across the ocean.
Through those years I have been married twice, currently to Judy in 1998. I have two sons by my first marriage, and she has a son and two daughters from her first marriage. She has three grandsons from her two older children, one born earlier this year. My older son is running a used book store in Denver and preparing to be married next fall. My younger son was married briefly and is now completing his doctorate in Osteopathic medicine. Judy is a retired teacher, having taught for 21 years in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Germany.
At this point I am looking toward a life after retirement, which I expect to enter sometime in the next couple of years. I resolved several years ago to make sure that when I retired, I would be retiring to something, not from something. I have been involved in duplicate bridge for several years now. I have gotten involved in several forms of wood crafting. (My crafting activities cannot hold a candle to Judys, however. She has become very skilled in several crafts notably rug hooking, calligraphy, and tole painting.) I want to look back at some areas of mathematics that I found interesting in graduate school, and I would like to see more of the world, both domestic (I am missing 5 states) and international.
For the present, we are sculpting the house we bought last summer to fit our tastes and enjoying life. New wife, new house, new dog, new grandson got to say life is going pretty well. Judy and I hope to see/meet many of you in Claremont in May.