"I Touched the
Future: I Taught."
Blairsville - My Home Town
First used NCSA Mosaic Browser in 1992 On-line since 1993 starting at 300 BAUD 1995 - 56K : November 2006 - DSL : April 2011 - FiOS
Original Web Site 1998 when I retired archived at Wayback Machine
See me for
States Visited: Travel - Extended Stays
I once read that "You should go everywhere
when you are young just to see what's there.
1953 - 1962 BSA Camp Seph Mack as camper and then staff.
1955 - 1965 Vacationed in Canada - Belvedere Lodge on Balsam Lake
north of Rosedale and
1957 National Boy Scout Jamboree in at Valley Forge via bus.
1959-60-61 Camp Michaux Leadership training.
1960 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs.
1961-1964 Monmouth College Senior year for student teaching I had a Ford Victoria with a 386 engine.
1963 Israel to
work on Ashdod Archeological dig.
1965 Was hired at Churchill High School sight unseen two days before school started
1967 Started Masters degree at Syracuse and lived in my VW Camper and rode bicycle to classes.
1968 Honeymooned at Syracuse and toured the Finger Lakes region.
1969 First Road Trip with Judy
1990 England - Scotland - Wales - Ireland
1996 Successful back surgery for a herniated disk
Retirement Road Trip in October to NE Pennsylvania to See the Leaves
2000/1 Band Trip to Peach Bowl in Atlanta - Clocks on video monitors displayed 1900 at midnight!
2001 Our Hot Air Balloon Ride! August 14
Visit to The
Log House on Pine Ridge
chemotherapy treatments as a follow up to my "colon
tuck" at UPMC.
River Cruse - Europe! Great
Time! First all Digital Video and Photography on this Trip.
2005 Surgery to remove Benign Facial Tumor at UPMC Montefiore
2005 Jefferson National
Expansion Memorial - St. Louis Gateway Arch - Summer
2008 Seattle via Amtrak!
- Our first rail trip across the country
with rain delay in WS.
2008 To Dallas - 2460 miles via high school band bus to play North West at Texas Stadium!
2009 Branson, MO - Sat through time share sales pitch for free motel stay and show tickets.
2010 Tucson - via Amtrak Raining when we arrived! Three weeks in the sun (some of the time.)
2012 Colorado by Train - (Not exact trip) Bus trip around state to ride on scenic steam trains.
2014 - 7 Day Royal Caribbean Cruse on "Grandeur
of the Seas" from Baltimore to Nassau
2016 Glacier National Park
Amtrak roomette with two day stay in Chicago
2017 Alaska? Air, Boat & Trains
Odds & Ends
"Noah" Sight & Sound® offers inspirational live stage productions in Lancaster County
Steamtown - National
Historic Site - Scranton, PA
Camp Michaux - My tribute to a forgotten place
Odds & Ends
New Video Editing Computer from - Computer Connections 2005 - Died 2015!
August 14, 2001 Our Hot Air Balloon Ride!
Amanda Kathleen Spiaggi & Michael Glenn Conn Wedding Web page.
Forth of July at Pittsburgh's Point - My digital camera pictures and fireworks links
Free Energy for your Home!
Volant, PA and Grove City Factory Shops - A Christmas Shopping Adventure
USAF Museum, Dayton, OH
Shadyside Hospital where I spent a few days Lumbar Spine Surgery
Visit my "home land" Great interactive information on South-Western Pennsylvania
Stereo Passport Pictures! Can you see it in 3D by putting your nose to the screen?
Schaeffer Geology on Roots Web - By another Schaeffer
My father became the pastor of Blairsville Presbyterian Church in December of 1950. Thus began many years of shoveling walks, cutting grass, keeping the lights lit on the Christmas trees, running the PA system and all the other responsibilities and duties of the "The Preachers Kid."
|One of the church Elders, Attorney Samuel Miller who lived above the old Blairsville Library, had one of the first 7" Hallicrafter televisions in town. When he was on the committee to call my father to the Blairsville church, he told me that I could come over and watch it anytime I wanted. I coveted that set and now have two of them in my collection of antique television equipment. He also told me that if I persuaded my to come to Blairsville, I would have a free pass to the local movie theater.||
About 1952 Attorney Miller purchased one of every known piece of
audiovisual equipment as a gift for the church.
The recording the Christmas Service for the "shut-ins" was father's first idea for the Ampro Tape Recorder 751a. tape recorder that used a flickering neon light to set the record levels.
I could not understand why all the people decorating the church were so interested in hearing their voices recorded and played back while I set up the machine. Not until years later when I became interested in the history of communications that I found that this was one of the first non-commercial recorders available. While it was new to me, I did not realize that it was also new to all the adults as well.
These audio visual experiences eventually lead to a degree in The
Physics at Monmouth
Computers I Have Used
Friden Model STW-10 Electro-Mechanical Calculator - Monmouth College 1960
IBM 1130 Computing System
using 1967 FORTRAN -
Churchill High School 1966
Radio Shack Model I - Model III
Cookbook - By Don Lancaster 1973-1975. I bought bare boards and
Scientific 1981 for $600
Radio Shack CoCo - Old
TRS-80 Model 100 - First laptop computer - Would run for weeks on 4 AA batteries.
Commodore Amiga 500 - For TV Studio Graphics
Radio Shack Model 1000 RL - 1984 Almost a PC!
1987 Converted Stock Market and Grade Book Programs to PC using Borland Turbo Structured Basic.
2005 First video editing computer: Pentium-4 3GHz for editing MiniDV GL1Tape - It died in 2015
Dell Laptop Win 98 - Bought for $200 at a computer fair and is still running.
Author of the famous Woodland Hills
My Web Page Class - Community College of Allegheny County
Ask the Physics Teacher! - There is pleasure in knowing how things work.
The Stereopticon The first classroom AV device
MY EDUCATION - SCHOOLS
Pittsburgh City Schools - Lincoln Elementary K-3 (Things have changed!)
Eagle Scout & God and Country Award Notable
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
- Biblical Archaeology
- Zeitah Excavations 2001
Carnegie Mellon University
- First media course in Slide and Filmstrip Design
University - Masters of Science (Education) August, 1973
Rochester Institute of Technology: Kodak Photographic Workshops
University of Pittsburgh -
Computer Programming - Grant Writing
High School Courses Taught:
College Coerces Taught:
Published Letters to the Editor
"Bly was from Armstrong" - Published in the Post-Gazette - Correction
"Army-Navy Football" - Published in the January 2000 issue of Smithsonian - First use of video replay.
"By your links shall ye be known"
National Museum of Broadcasting - Pittsburgh
Resources for High
School Video Teachers
Xcam Videobotics system I installed at WHSD board room.
|Know Your TV Color Bars|
|R + G +B||W - Blue||W - Red||Primary||W- Green||Primary||Primary|
Internet Search Engines
Very close to the first train I had.
Many years ago, groundhog pups were given to Indiana County Boy Scout troops to raise. The most sociable one became "Phil" at Punxsutawney's next groundhog day. I got to raise Phil one summer since our house was next to the Blairsville church where Troop #4 met (And where my father was the minister.) The Indiana BSA Council took him with us to the 1957 Jamboree at Valley Forge, PA. Since Phil has national fame, we were asked to bring him to the remote studio of the "TODAY SHOW with Dave Garoway" We had to get up before daybreak and hike several miles to get there in time. When we arrived, we were informed that a bread truck hit a telephone pole and knocked out the coaxial cable back to New York and so we lost our 15 minutes of fame!
Unisys Weather - Really detailed
Interesting places to visit
Pittsburgh - City Directory
GEOGRAPHICAL RESOURCES - Map
and Driving Directions
JUST FOR FUN
MARS - JPL & NASA Space Mission
FoilSim II - Design your own airplane wing - NASA
Ground Hog Day - Visit Phil - He was right! I was his "keeper" in 1957
Car Talk - Meet Click & Clack
Joe Slick - Former student who does football games and the sound for our school musicals
Hoaxes & Internet Tools
WHOIS the owner of an IP address
Programs and resources for constructing your own web page
Netscape - Download latest version
LView Pro - Graphics file editor and image compression
IrfanView - Very nice image wiewer and editor. Batch compression and resizing
AOLPress - Simple HTML Editor
FlamingText.Com - Neat titles and graphics
Old Web page 1994 - 2008 maintained by: LocalConnect /
Other WEB Sites
TVT Television and Video Teachers of Western Pennsylvania
Jan Newton Librarian - St. Charles Public Library, Illinois
First Web Master for - Woodland Hills & Beulah Presbyterian Church