Nice People, my name is Harry, I'm a retired physicist/software engineer. I'll be 80 next March 31st (God Willing). I'm a widower with 3 wonderful raised children (who are married and moved ("out-of-the-nest") so I live alone. After 52 years of married bliss, living alone becomes lonely , particularly since we shared true love.
Unfortunately, although my brain still fun,functions as if it is 18 or 20, my physical body can no longer carry-out the brain's demands. Welcome to the Golden Years (Some readers can relate to this.)
My health has become what doctors like to term "GUARDED" . During some the past 20 years: I h;ve had my right ankle restructured as the result of a tri-malalear (sp?) fracture; my left leg augmented with a titanium rod as the result of a broken leg; had 14-inches of colon removed and the balance resectioned; been diagnosed with A-fib and resulting congestive heart failure; been diagnosed as having a cerebral/cerebellar stroke resulting in permanent ataxia so I walk with a stagger, pus lack fine control of my hands) ; 3 separate hernia surguries; two cataract lens replacements, and two-years ago, my gall bladder needed to be surgically removed.
Minor current health issues include: Deafness in mt left ear, partial loss of hearing in my right ear; also I visited my opthalomogist brcause of visual problems dealin with glare (prob;ems reading text on backlit (Microsoft Syle) computer screens. (For me, light blue letters on a gray or white background id unreadable and stupid programming. [I reset all my text screen displays to green letters on a black background -- [This is as close to the old CRTs with P1 phosphors, as employed by the military during WWII So that they\ could still be read with blood streaming into their eyes]
We guys approaching 80 have a very low tolerance for ignorance and/or stupidity. It's a common Golden Years characteristics that explains why young, inexperienced managers generally hire only people younger (and correspondingly less informed) than themselves.
Some of my past accomplishments include the following. I'm proud of some of these, but today ashamed for being a key contributor to the success of others. You can decide which is which. As a co-op student working for the Princeton Physics Department, I calculated all of the tune-up parameters that led to initial operation of the Princeton-Prnnsylvania 3-Gev Proton Synchrotron particle accelerator (A forerunner of CERNS current LHC Machine.
At Eastman Kodak, I contributed to LUNAR ORBITER. on the desingn and testing of its V/H SENSOR subsystem, a subsystem that determines Image motion in the film plane, then compensates for that motion. integration, and testing.
Working for General Railway Signal Company, I managed the design, implementation integration and testing of the Central Control and Supervisory System for the Washington Metro (WMATA) underground rapid stransitystem On completion of thr Washington Metro, I was reassigned to perform the identical role pn the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Twansit System (MARTA) and on successful completion was named to the position of Manager of Systems Engineering for all GRS system projects.
Moving to RAYTHEON Company, I was assigned to take over management of the OIDT program. OIDT was the Mission Planning and Launch Control Console for the United States Navy Sea Launched Tomahawk Cruise Missile System. On completion of OIDT. I was reassigned to work on the Laser Doppler Wind Velocimeter subsystem of the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS); Other Raytheon project assignments included the Birdwell petroleum well logger and an automatic cardiac x-ray system for a Raytheon subsidiary.
Since retiring from Raytheon in 1992 I have continued to perform consulting (job shop contracting) for both Raytheon and the U.S, Navy. Unfortunelyly, calls are becoming less common these days. Not much demand for a high-technology point man nearing his 80s, I guess. Not many calls from Life Insurance Salesmen either.
Friends, STAY WELL and GOD BLESS