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"I Touched the
Future: I Taught."
Blairsville - My Home Town
Judy's AZD Sorority
I first used Beta Test NCSA Mosaic Browser
at Stanford in 1992 before it was released
Resources for Video Teachers
Dr. William Orr was one of my father's favorite teachers at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a generation later the favorite teacher of Fred Rogers. Fred asked Dr. Orr, ‘What is that one little word that will fell the prince of darkness, the word that will strike down evil?’ After a few quiet seconds, Dr. Orr replied: ‘One little word: forgive - Father forgive them for they know not what they do.’ He went on, "You know, Fred, there is only one thing evil cannot stand, and that is forgiveness."
My uncle, Rev. G. Mason Cochran, was Mr. Rodgers homiletics professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. One day he called Fred into his office and told him, "Fred, no Presbyterian congregation will ever give you a call to be their pastor!" He convinced Fred that his ordination should be to minister to children through the medium of television.
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States Visited: Travel - Extended Stays
Countries: Canada, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, England - Scotland - Whales - Ireland, Bahamas
Travels & Milestones
I once read that "You should go everywhere
when you are young just to see what's there.
1940s - Vacationed at Geneva on the Lake and later Conneaut Lake. Trips around PA
1949 - Flew model airplanes in the Homewood Presbyterian Church Sunday School room to entertain Vacation Bible School.
1950 - Moved from Washington Blvd. in Pittsburgh to Walnut St. in
Blairsville where I grew up as free range kid.
1951 - 1959 Camp Pine Springs: Novice camper to councilor.
1952 - Christmas present was a 1 tube breadboard radio from the
hardware store window that I had coveted.
1953 - Bought my first Raytheon CK-722
Transistor for $7.50! Later 2N107 & 2N170 See
1954 - 1960 BSA Camp Seph Mack as camper with Blairsville Troop 4 .
1955 - 1961 Family vacationed in Canada - Belvedere Lodge north of Rosedale and
1957 - Received a Knight
Ocean Hopper 3 tube all band radio and a workbench vice for Christmas
- still have them.
1957 - National Boy Scout Jamboree in at Valley Forge via bus -
Took Punxsutawney Phil - see below.
1958 - Learned to drive our 1950 Chevrolet with Power Glide
1959-60-61 Camp Michaux Westminster Fellowship Leadership Training Conferences.
1960 - National Boy Scout 50th Anniversary Jamboree in Colorado Springs.
1961 - Graduated from Blairsville High School (Old Building)
1961-1965 Monmouth College - Majored in The Physics
1962 - Worked summer at Blairsville
1963 - Summer
1964 - Summer School at IUP in Chemistry even though Monmouth
was famous for its Chemistry Department
1965 - I was hired sight unseen to teach Physics at Churchill High School
days before school started.
1966 - Did cinematography for summer film program at Churchill
while taking Slide & Filmstrip Production
1967 - ...started Masters degree at Syracuse and lived in
VW Camper and rode my 10 speed bicycle to classes.
1968 - Married Judy Maxwell : Honeymooned at
1969 - First Road Trip with Judy
first Solar eclipse - March 7, 1970 at Virginia Beach took
several students and camped on beach
With help from student, Mark Rozner, designed computerized film ordering
system using "mark sense cards"
1971 - Obtained storeroom to make a TV studio - Bruce Graham &
Mike Karaman built mobile console.
1973 - Son Lee III born.
1978 - Bought Ohio
Scientific Super Board II computer for $300. Learned a lot of
1981 - Churchill Area School District ordered to merge to form
1983 - Won state grant for Radio Shack
Color Computer system for
1984 - Computer Science course at Pitt to teach College in High
1985 - Family tent camping trip to New England. Cold and 4" of rain on Cape Cod so we went to see Ghost Busters.
1986 - CTV went color with VHS PortaPack recorder and
1987 - Woodland Hills High School's first year.
Became first school in WPIAL to use VHS tape rather than film.
1988 - Took Lee III on a camping trip out west following
basically same route we did in 1969. By accident we saw
1989 - Computer Science Pascal course at Pitt to teach College in High School class
1990 - England - Scotland - Wales - Ireland Our Trip To England
1991- Installed a 10' satellite dish and first watched the
"topping out" of the National
Cathedral in D.C.
1992 - Purchased an Amega 600 for TV graphics
1993 - Follow up meeting for CMI with a week in Washington D.C. on
1994 - Started using WordPress Web editor
1998 - Retired from teaching but continued working on
AV, computer and videography for school district.
2000 - First
Major Retirement Road Trip in October to NE Pennsylvania to See the
2000/1 WHHS Band Trip to Peach Bowl in Atlanta - Clocks on video monitors displayed 1900 at midnight!
2001 - Our Hot Air Balloon Ride with Keiko! August 14
Visit to The
Log House on Pine Ridge
2002-2003 -Chemotherapy at Hillman
2003 - Rhine
River Cruise - Europe! Great
Time! First all Digital Video and Photography on this Trip.
2004 - Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Mid-winter vacation 2004 at Center
2004 - Tour of the Canadian Rockies
2005 - Granddaughter Renee Born
Surgery to remove Benign Facial Tumor at UPMC Montefiore
Expansion Memorial - St. Louis Gateway Arch (Built in
2006 - "Appreciation
Tour" of the Western Parks
2007 - Granddaughter Emily Born
2008 - Seattle via Amtrak!
- Our first rail trip around the country.
2008 - Dallas, TX via Band Bus - 2460 miles to do video of WHHS playing North West H.S. at Texas Stadium!
2014 - 7 Day Royal Caribbean Cruise on "Grandeur
of the Seas" from Baltimore to Nassau
Oinc's Barbeque - Ocracoke, NC
2015 - We drove to Monmouth, IL for 50th class reunion and then followed the
2016 - Glacier National Park
Amtrak roomette with two day stay in Chicago
- Lee took use to the airport hotel so we would not have to panic in the
Ship - Holland America
Cruise Ship Westerdam from Seward to Glacier
Our trip to New Orleans via Amtrak was derailed by the virus.
Retired from doing coaches video for away games but got recalled!
Removed TV studio at WHHS after almost 50 years of service.
2022 - Teaching myself Micro Python on Raspberry PICO computer.
Trip to Monmouth College reunion -1200 miles in Judy's Honda Civic.
as official WHHS Football Videographer after 54 years!
Engineer and Camera Operator for Gateway Gators Productions
2023 - Still working for Gateway Gators Productions
Long range trips in the works:
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
August 14, 2001 Our Hot Air Balloon Ride!
Amanda Kathleen Spiaggi & Michael Glenn Conn Wedding Web page.
Forth of July at Pittsburgh's Point - With my first 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 Blairsville Presbyterian Church. As a 10-year-old, I was delegated the assignment of figuring out this state-of-the-art technology! This launched my AV career.
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 - Played with in the store. Model III
Cookbook - By Don Lancaster 1973-1975. I bought bare boards and
Scientific 1981 for $600
Radio Shack CoCo - Old
Computers.Com The little computer that would not die!
Author of the famous Woodland Hills
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.
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
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
High School Courses Taught:
College Courses Taught:
Early Instructional Technology Highlights at Churchill & Woodland Hills High School
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"
Resources for High
School Video Teachers
National Museum of Broadcasting - Pittsburgh
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