Who we are
I am a retired newspaper reporter. I retired in May 2004 after a 44-year career. My wife Judith, shown in the attached picture, is also a former reporter who now works in public relations for Arizona State University. We met while covering a conference on computers.
My father was in the Air Force, and he was transferred to Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson in January 1953. I have lived in Arizona most of the time since taking breaks for the U.S. Navy and one for my newspaper career. As you can see, I have returned each time. I am a confirmed desert rat, but I am not happy about the explosive growth the state has experienced. Many picturesque communities, such as Sedona, Prescott and Sonoita, have lost much of their charm. Traffic in Tucson and the Phoenix Metropolitan Area is a nightmare. The drives from Phoenix to Tucson and Phoenix to Flagstaff used to be pleasant, now they are often hazardous. Those of you visiting our state may be appalled at the amount of roadside litter; I'm ashamed of it.
Judith was born in Orange County, California, about a decade before Disneyland. When we married in 1980, believe it or not, the population of the entire State of Arizona was less than Orange County. That is no longer true. She has seen much of the growth over here in Arizona and also in Southern California.
Judith just turned 65, but has no plans for retirement. She likes her work. A recent project started when she found a carillon in crates in a dusty ASU store room. She started a drive to raise money to restore it and get it installed in the Student Union. The carillon has been providing musical interludes for the campus for a couple of years now, and Judith is now working with a committee to select the first student to receive a Carillon Society scholarship.