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Old May 21st, 2008, 04:48 PM   #1

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Member Autobiographies

Since joining Historum, I have found the regular members to be a very eclectic, intelligent group. As a community I thought it would be nice to get to know each other a bit better by posting brief autobiographies that go beyond the simple "hi" found in the introductions. I think this would also help members to better understand the perspective (or bias) of others when critically analyzing posts. In the format of your choice, post whatever information you are willing to share while maintaining a prudent measure of anonymity. Ideas include but are not limited to age, family, geographic location, education, job/career, historical interests and training, religion/personal philosophy, hobbies, reason for joining Historum, political affiliation, proudest accomplishments, life goals, etc. While posting friendly feedback is usually welcomed, I think this should be minimized in this thread to make it easier to navigate through everyone’s autobiographies. I will go out on a limb and start. Hope to hear from everyone else!!

I am just an average 34 year-old American guy who happens to love history. I grew up in Idaho where I married my high school sweetheart. We have 4 children ages 3-10. I graduated with a BS in Biology from Utah State University and subsequently went to medical school at St. Louis University. I completed my residency in otolaryngology at the University of Missouri. After residency I moved to Alabama (which I hate), where I have served as an officer in the US Army. Next year I will be leaving the Army and returning to civilian life in Kansas.

I have taken a handful of college history courses. I regret not majoring in history. In my youth I was a typical pre-med grade junkie, and I couldn’t stomach the inherent subjectivity in the grading of written assignments in history classes. In my next life, I want to either pursue a PhD in history or make a professional hobby out of amateur archaeology and medical history. My historical areas of interest are American history, medieval European history, and the history of medicine. I like my history served with a side of evidence, and my background in science tends to make me more skeptical and cynical than some. I am a Mormon and consider myself a Christian. However, unlike some of my “brethren”, I am politically moderate and try to be respectful of the beliefs and rights of all individuals. I have anger issues and tend to go a bit overboard when provoked. I joined Historum because I don’t know a single soul with whom I can discuss history in “real life”.

Although I spend most of my spare time reading and playing with my kids, I also enjoy running, genealogy, and playing video games (Halo3).

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Old May 21st, 2008, 07:22 PM   #2

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I'm a 29 year old teacher who has spent the majority of his life in the state of Iowa. I grew up in the Quad-Cities area my entire life. I have a beautiful wife who is a 2nd grade teacher and an entertaining 2 year old who thinks Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies are the coolest things on earth (outside of Chuck E. Cheese that is). I was an athlete in my day, having the opportunity to play college basketball and baseball. I still play both in my spare time.

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in history in 2002 and was finishing my last MA class in history when I was recommended to the department of Education due to my "enthusiasm for children". My area of emphasis is Renaissance and Reformation history with a specialization in popular heretical movements after the year 1000. The one topic I am still currently writing about is the Lancastrian relationship to the Lollard movement (which many of the ideas of my writing can be reviewed in the thread John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster).

In 2004, I moved to get my education degree at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Ia. After graduating in 2006, I substitute taught for a couple of months before I got my foot in the door in the Davenport Community School District. I currently teach 6th grade World History at one of the three Intermediate schools. My favorite teaching experience however, was when I was at Davenport West High School teaching World Cultures and American Studies.
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 01:40 PM   #3

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In place of a written bio I offer for your perusal three videos from You Tube. I regret You Tube doesnít offer quality definition. If the links donít work cutting and pasting into the browser will. Feel free to ask any questions. In fact I welcome it. I would love to hear your comments. I have lived in Costa Rica continuously since 1995. I speak spanish and english and toy around with a bunch of others. I am interested in anything that expresses it self well. Enjoy the show..

Costa Rica Art - some of my art work


Costa Rica Art Two - fotos of me at various times of my life.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrQplm0Jajo&feature=related"]YouTube - Costa Rica Art (two)[/ame]

Vera y el bar Happy Days - most of these fotos were of her 50th birthday. I am the fat guy in a couple of them. See if you can spot me. This will give you an idea of what kind of retirement you have ahead of you.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFY3OcJwrq8"]YouTube - Vera y El bar Happy Days[/ame]

p.s. On the site 'were you there' under reflections I posted a story of the time I constructed an Atom Bomb. Under Kennedy is my remembrance of seeing him. Look for the pic of the guy with a beer. That ought to be more than you want.
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Old May 23rd, 2008, 02:01 PM   #4
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I am an 18 year old student who was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. I started gaining interest in history when I was in Grade 6. After that I started gaining more interest in the field of study.

I did not initially plan on going into History as my undergrad degree. I was originally planning on being Doctor after being told to be one by my parents. I was set, I wanted to be a Doctor and I had the marks and smarts to become one. However, during the summer I took a trip to Scotland and Egypt which pushed me to doing my current History degree with a minor in Classics. After my undergraduate I plan on either going for my Doctorate and being a professor or going to Law School and being a Lawyer, I can't decide which.

That is my life in a nutshell.
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Old May 25th, 2008, 01:12 PM   #5

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I'm a twenty-three year old university student at the University of Montevallo. I'll be starting my senior year this fall. After finishing my freshman and sophomore years at a local community college, I had to take a couple of years to figure out what I wanted out of life -- which is why I just finished my junior year instead of my first year at a grad school. Despite the setback, the time off was good for me. I fell in love with life and humanity and learning and realized I wanted to become a librarian -- helping people learn, but helping people in general. I talked to the director of my local library, and she suggested undergraduate work in either history or literature. Since I had loved history since third or fourth grade, I chose history.

As mentioned, I love life, learning, and humanity. My historical interests vary. In high school, my chief interest was the American Civil War and the two world wars. In my first two years of college I started learning about the Mafia and the prohibition era in the United States. The Prohibition era (the 1920s and 1930s) remained my chief historical interest until this past year, when it began shifting to German history. I have many other pet interests, however -- the Titanic, the Aztecs, the classical world, and so on.

History isn't my only interest. I like sociology, and I'm bonkers for science. In the two in-between years I started reading a lot of science books. I mostly like physical science, but I'm trying to understand biology more. Interestingly, I can now combine my interests in history and science and study the history of science. I probably read more about that than I do science proper.

I like most kinds of music -- I like to say 'everything but rap and Chinese opera'. I particularly like Frank Sinatra's music. I like listening to NPR: if anyone else does, my favorite programs are "From the Top", "Wait, Wait", "Says You", "All Things Considered", and "This American Life". I also like a couple of local programs (crooners and big band music).

I'm also a big Star Trek and Star Wars fan.
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Old May 25th, 2008, 03:38 PM   #6
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I'm also a big Star Trek and Star Wars fan.
What's up my fellow Star Wars nerd. (No offense) I'm a star wars nerd and even bought the bootlegged copy of Star Wars Holiday Special, which I along with George Lucas hate.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 05:31 AM   #7

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Okay .... my first love was and is politics .... especially the behind the scenes world of espionage and political revolution ...

However, history, especially medieval history has become my passion for quite a number of years - but I still get to focus on the political machinations which make it all the more interesting ..... I tend to focus on the role of women and on the women themselves which, when I first started writing, topics were few and far.

On a personal level ..... just a shelia from OZ who lives in a small town out of Melbourne .... I am neither a student nor academic in the literal sense but study what and when I please .....

(I may edit this later)
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Old May 26th, 2008, 08:59 AM   #8

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Who am I? And why am I here? Hmmmmmmm.

I'm pushing 55 and was reared in Falls Church VA. My interest in High School was working an after-school job. I was the stock-boy/janitor at the Tyson's Corners Woolworth.

Not having much going for me after graduation, I went to college. The tuition at William and Mary for the '71-'72 academic year was $2,000. That was back in the day when people appreciated the value of a penny (now the government is giving away free money - how much more worthless can you get than free?).

Well, they wanted me to do calculus at 7:30 AM, just when decent people are getting to bed. That was the year when the Chinese ping-pong team toured America and they played an exhibition on campus. Those guys really played good ping-pong! (I like ping-pong. I have a ping-pong table in my basement. A basement is not an ideal venue for ping-pong. A missed return goes under the furniture. So to keep the game going you have to have a box of ping-pong balls handy to get a new ball out of. But then you end up with ping-pong balls all over the floor in your basement. It's a "look" I guess. Kinda edgy.)

So, after that one year I joined the army (which is, I hear, like being in the Boy Scouts, but without the adult supervision - I had been in the Boy Scouts too - I still like camping, but only in the winter - the summer's too hot and there's nothing you can do about it). I was a tank crewman stationed in Gelnhausen, West Germany at an old German Army kaserne. That was where I learned how to drink white wine. You can always spot an amateur. He's the one using a glass. The trick is not to wave the bottle around ostentatiously like a galoot. One must be discriminating, suave about it.

So after I got out, I headed for Lincoln Nebraska and roomed with a couple of guys who had been in my tank company. I put in an application where they worked and just went in with them every morning and would ask the boss if he had decided yet about hiring me. I guess he reckoned he'd see less of me if I worked there. The upshot is that I am now a professional arborist with the Parks and Recreation Dept of Lincoln (the actual educational requirement on the posted job description is 8th grade). I have been a dues-paying union member for 32 years.

I have family spread out from Virginia to New Mexico. I have a wife and a son, both of whom I am exceedingly fond for the most part. I enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction. I like to mess around in the yard some - you know, dig something up and then plant something new. I'm kinda going for the "abandoned farmhouse" look (rocks, hollyhocks, clematis, bridal wreath spirea, lots of iron rusting into the ground). That way, if I don't stay on top of it, it actually enhances the je ne sais quoi of the visual experience.

OK, my favorite movie is "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Rory Gallagher is my favorite musician (he passed away back in '95). I like Tolkien and Lewis (there must be something in the water at that ford - something to do about the oxen perhaps?).

To sum up, I'm the luckiest man in the world. I just hope I don't ever win that lottery I keep buying tickets for. I hear that really ruins your life.

I would hope that I wouldn't have to explain why I dig history. You should know.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 12:38 PM   #9

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I'm a Scot, originally from the West Highlands but I've been working in the Central Belt. To earn my living I'm a college lecturer (but not in history). Did a Post-Grad at the University of St Andrews.

I've always been interested in history and the myths involved with it. Another factor is the interaction of history and the present day.

My primary interests are Scottish and European history but I get really ticked off when somebody uses "English" instead of "British" (or British instead of *).

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Old May 26th, 2008, 12:48 PM   #10
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I'm a 21 year old drunken college student going to school to be in the medical field. I served in the army for 2 years.

My bio is short because my life has been short.
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