Brief update on life since leaving Tooele High School:
In August 1955, soon after graduating from the University of Utah,
I married Garland L. Bray (from Bingham High School -- class of 1948).
I had met him a couple of years earlier in a
chemistry class at the U of U, where we were both students.
Our first daughter was born a year after our marriage (August 1956).
Then, in February 1958 a second daughter was born, and sixteen months
after that (in June 1959) along came a third girl. At that time, the
oldest child was not yet three years old. By then, we badly needed a
larger house, and we purchased our home in Hunter (now West Valley City)
soon after. We have lived there ever since. Our two sons were born
after we moved there (1960 and 1962).
In 1967, when all of the kids were in school, I started to think about
getting a job and going to work. At that time, the computer industry
was so new that the colleges were not producing enough graduates to
fill the positions which were needed. Programmers were being hired on
the basis of aptitude tests, and were then trained on the job. I was
fortunate enough to get one of these positions with civil service, at
Hill Air Force Base. I worked at Hill, and at the Defense Depot in
Ogden, writing and maintaining programs for the large main-frame
computers. I finally retired in June 2000, after a career of 33 years.
I am now enjoying my free time just doing what I want -- spending more
time with my family. We have a ranch in Wayne County, where we spend
a lot of time. Life is quiet and relaxed there -- no pollution,
no traffic noise. We can see jillions of stars in the sky at night,
and can often hear the coyotes singing.
I still enjoy messing around with computers, too, although the PC
that I have at home is nothing like the ones I used to work with.
I have always been interested in photography, and lately I have been
using a digital camera along with the computer to process the photos.
I still have a lot to learn, but I am enjoying it. I hope I never
run out of things to be interested in.