So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. ~ Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Originally from the suburbs of San Francisco I was born at Presbyterian Hospital there and lived for the first six months of my life in the city. My Dad moved west from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with nothing more than a suitcase and a one weekend a month Army reservist officer’s stipend. My mom, fresh out of a 3 year room and board training program that cost $1,500 at Cedars-Sinai Training Hospital in Columbus, Ohio moved west with a suitcase and an associate degree as a Registered Nurse. My Dad ended a career as a successful stock broker ~ 2005 spent ten years at Merrill Lynch and 30 years in another firm that changed names at least 15 times but started out as Loeb, Rhoades & Co. My mom spent 30 years as a 20-hour advice nurse at Kaiser Permanente. Both are still alive and well today and spend half of the year in our original family home in Lafayette, CA and the other half in Palm Springs.
My great grandfathers on my Dad’s side were both prolific men of their day. Oscar Jubelirer was an affluent banker and one of the wealthiest men in Pennsylvania prior to losing every penny in the Great Depression. My other great grandfather Frank Magidson, was an inventor who specialized in inventions with bended steel wire used mostly in the garment industry. His most successful invention that lives on today, other than collectible safety pins sold on Ebay, is a modified version of a shoe shine machine often seen in mens stores that he sold to King Gillette. His patents mostly from the 20’s to 40’s are beautifully crafted by hand and are artwork in their own right, three are posted below. Sadly, none of the proceeds were preserved long enough to flow downhill through the family tree i.e. to me.
Some stuff about me
In the late 80’s I was on ‘The Dating Game’ as one of the three bachelors. I didn’t get picked but I got some good answers in.
I sent in an audition tape for ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and was called back for an audition but wasn’t picked and wasn’t sure what character if any I was being auditioned for.
I’m an expert Windsurfer. Sometimes you can catch me at different lakes or even The Gorge. I can ride the bumps but don’t expect acrobatics, my body is too beat up. This summer I’ll be busy so I probably won’t get out much.
I recovered and repatriated national sports radio talk show host Tony Bruno’s extremely popular Myspace account that was stolen by a Myspace employee after Tony continually disparaged the scofflaw’s favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, and would show his disdain on a daily basis by changing Bruno’s profile pic on his Myspace page to reflect the shows daily events and of which Tony then made into a regular part of his show as a good sport.
I’ve lived overseas for extended periods of time on two different occasions and have plans to form an NGO in Cambodia that burns sugar cane as biomass to produce electricity. I plan to be too busy in the coming years representing the 2nd District to bring that to fruition.
I built a particulate screen to recover catalytic converter platinum from highway sweepings. Unfortunately the price of platinum plummeted right after I built it.
It would be fair to say I’m self employed and between opportunities but I do have a regular job.
I have some copyrights on inventions, mostly products that could be considered sports supplements but the one that gets the most inquiries is my design for a Turban Hard Hat. If you’re a hard hat manufacturer please buy or license it from me.
Where you can find me, where I’ve been:
Why smoke gets in your eyes ~ Sunday August 26 Mail Tribune
Me on Bill Meyer Show on KMED, May 9
Me on Bill Meyer Show on KMED, March 2
*Corrections & Retractions: I said coal made up 63% of the electrical energy in Oregon, it only makes up 30% plus but 63% of Pacific Power’s electrical energy generation comes from coal & we also have a 13 Mil megawatt energy deficit. When I talk to Scott I should’ve elaborated on my suggestion he look at TAE Technologies if he’s really interested to see what kind of power we can generate from a Hydrogen Atom vs running a car on H synthesized from water on the fly. Next time we’ll talk more specifically about Swiss Cheese and the Northwest Forest Plan! Bill had way more knowledge on that then I had expected. I’ll be better prepared upon my triumphant return.
An article I wrote about my feelings regarding the Oregon 2nd Congressional District and state in general. Disregard anything that’s in bold, that was the Klamath Herald & News ‘editing’ and not anything I wrote but I still thank them for the opportunity.