For 20-odd years I was a political consultant. Then I studied mathematics 1996-1999 and graduated from college in middle age. The last 15 years I've been a telescope operator. Currently I am at SOFIA. Public opinion meanwhile continues to fuel a healthy bemused interest but I feel I understand politics less & ever less. But like most people, I still understand politics more than most experts. Personal mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Registered as a member at Well: Tue Sep 24 12:33:35 1985 Alternate mail address: email@example.com Alternate mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternate mail address: email@example.com Computers: a Radio Shack I; an Osborne I; a Tandy 102; Windows 3.1 inside OS/2 on an PC emulator on a Mac Book Pro; BASIC on the Stamps, gcc on the AVRs. At work, Linux on the PCs, Solaris on the Suns and VxWorks on the VMEs. Once I spoke Russian reasonably fluently but now I don't. Once I spoke Spanish reasonably fluently but now I don't. I wish I spoke, or understood, Turkish, Arabic and Italian. I wish I knew classic Greek and Latin. I wish I remembered more of the philosophy instruction I received in college. Wish, wish, wish, wish, wish. On 25 April 2006 I married Martha C., whom I'd begun dating in 1984. Martha died suddenly on 19 April 2007. Since June 2010 I have been married to Elizabeth B.