I’m going to write this autobiography in sort of reverse chronological order. That way, if you get to the point where you say , “I really don’t care what happened 20, 30 or 40 or more years ago”, you can just stop reading.
Today, I am a happy, healthy, single (again), mostly retired Californian, having moved here over 30 years ago. I have lived in my townhome since 1984. I relocated to CA to take a job at a time when I needed to make a change in my life, I was living alone in suburban E. Northport having been recently divorced. Moving to CA was NOT on my list of things to do, but an unexpected job offer from Bell & Howell came at a very opportune time, and I just figured that fate was guiding my steps. The job was awful. You just don’t put a mature (?) New York female Jew in charge of a bunch of young, California work ethic minded younger folk, several of whom thought they should have been promoted into the Manager of Software position! After a year, the company and I mutually decided that a parting of the ways would be best for both of us. They offered to move me back to NY, but by that time, CA was in my blood.
I became single at the end of 2006, when my partner of 15 years passed away unexpectedly. It took a while to get over that trauma, but time is a great healer. I have been a software computer consultant since 1984, having had my own business for most of that time. Today, I still support a few long-time clients on an as needed basis. There isn’t very much of that need (for which I am grateful!), so much of my ample leisure time is spent playing golf and working with one of the largest chapters of Kiwanis International. For those of you unfamiliar with Kiwanis, its credo is “Serving the Children of the World”. I was never blessed or cursed with children of my own (wanted them, guess it just wasn’t in the cards for me), so this is a small way by which I can relate to them.
Some highlights of the past 50 years:
Today-finally finishing this long intended to write autobiography!
May 2010-second hole in one.
August 2009-first hole in one (after almost 50 years of playing that frustrating game). I have always maintained that computers and golf are for manic-depressives. I tried sales for a brief period, which only added a third manic-depressive activity to my life.
July 2008-turned 65 so Medicare kicked in. Hooray, no more paying through the nose for health insurance!
Nothing particularly exciting the next previous 20 years.
Early 1987-spent 6 weeks in Australia on business. Happened to arrive in Perth (not planned!) on the last day of the America’s Cup races and watched the boats come in. You would have thought the Aussies had won by the way they celebrated that night. It was definitely the best place in the world to be at that moment!
November 1979-moved to California
Summer 1979- gave a presentation at Lloyd’s of London about the insurance computer system I had been a part of writing. Quite a feat, considering it hadn’t been that long since women were even allowed on the floor at Lloyds.
Spring 1977-got (amicably) divorced from my husband of 13 years.
August 1964-got married. Spent the next 3 years as an Air Force officer’s wife. Fun times.
September 1963-graduated from Penn State with a BS, math major.
That pretty much sums it up. I’d love to hear from anyone who might care to get in touch, and if you’re ever in the Los Angeles area, I hope you’ll look me up. I hope that the remainder of your years are happy and healthy. Remember to be good to yourself.