My name is Bill and I'm from New Orleans ...
It was fun growing up in New
Orleans with the Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, peeping into the strip
clubs on Bourbon Street, that fabulous French/Creole cuisine, boiled
crawfish, and all that Dixieland jazz. I attended LSU with undergraduate
studies in shooting pool & playing bridge, and later started my
real career in 1965 working for AT&T (during which I got drafted by the U.S.
Army and spent 18 months in Germany). Upon returning, I continued with AT&T and
then transferred to BellSouth where I finished my telephone company tenure
by accepting an early retirement offer in 1991. Subsequently did computer
consulting & software creation and even worked on a scuba dive boat for a
season. Lastly, in 1996, I was hired by Nextel (now Sprint) to move to South Florida and
manage their computer network for 8 years until finally and formally
In February of 2009, I embarked on a new adventure earning my U.S.
Merchant Marine Officer's credentials and became a licensed Charter
Boat Captain driving scuba dive boats. But the story doesn't
end there; in January of 2010, I advanced my certification to USCG
100 Ton Master and have been driving a
75' commercial charter yacht. Then comes 2014 and it's time to move on to
another adventure (yet to be discovered).
I've had some interesting
experiences; as a teenager I pumped gas in a filling station (back in the
days when we checked your oil and cleaned the windshield), was a baker in a
donut shop owned by Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye's Chicken), worked for a music company delivering pianos, played music in a
rock 'n roll band, and then I grew up (oh really?). Raced motorcycles, snow
skied, owned several boats, was an accomplished water skier (slalom,
barefoot, etc.), became an avid scuba diver, traveled around the Caribbean
diving (Bahamas, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Grenada, Mexico, Honduras,
Curacao), and who knows what or where next. Anybody for bungee-jumping?
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