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Hi there Web Surfers. I'm an old retired guy from the United States Air Force and IBM. I live on the island of Nantucket off the coast of Mass. and in Englewood, Florida with my wife, Cynthia of 34 years. I have three children in Haiku China, Virginia, and Minnesota, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. I'll tell you about my hobbies and principal interests in the spaces below.
-- I've been 'Birding' since I was 12 years old -- that's over 60 years. My mentor was a wonderful lady named Edith Andrews , who just passed away at age 100. We are so lucky she shared her 100 years with us.
I have seen 686 species of birds in North America and 1,098 worldwide. I can identify most birds by their calls alone. I really enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for bird study with others and find the best way to do that is by writing about them. In 1976, while stationed on the island of Formosa with the U.S. Air Force, I co-authored (with Sheldon Severinghaus) A New Guide to the Birds ofTaiwan .
About the same year I started a series of bird guides for the island of Nantucket with birding legend, the late Edith Folger Andrews. That book, called Birding Nantucket , has been updated eight times with its most recent release in 2014.
The bar charts are a wonderful feature of this book. Click here to see them on-line.
Here is a current list of all species that are considered 'Accidental' on Nantucket..
This has mushroomed into a series of eight books about Nantucket's birds -- Birding Nantucket the Series. You can see a table of the 229 species described, and where to find them - here AYBN Bird Index.
From 2003 until 2010 I wrote a weekly column, The Birds of Nantucket, for the Nantucket Independent newspaper. Alas, that weekly newspaper is no longer with us. Now I have a column called "Birds Around Us" in Gene Mahon's Mahon About Town website, and also frequently publish articles about Nantucket's Birds on the Nantucket Chronicle online magazine.
Since November 2014, I've been doing a three minute radio program, 'Birding Nantucket,' every weekday, on WNCK, 89.5 FM, Nantucket's NPR Station . You can click a link on that site to download the latest Podcast!
Above left, you can see me on a Maria Mitchell Association Barn Owl Banding mission in 2008. You can click that picture to go to a page that has a lot of birding web links. The picture on the right shows me scoping some ducks on Nantucket's upper harbor from Pocomo.
The Ham Radio hobby has brought me many benefits. My electronic skills got me
a good job in the Air Force, plus I've made many wonderful friends all around
the world. I hold an Extra Class FCC license with the call sign of W1NQT.
Here's a link to an article I wrote about ham radio. To the right you see me sending Morse Code during a Field Day operation with the Englewood Amateur Radio Society (EARS) . You can click that picture for interesting Ham Links on the web.
The sport of Badminton has been a major avocation for over 50 years. In 1973 I was the Colorado State Singles Champion. For many years I was a National Umpire with USA Badminton, Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO. Now I play mostly with other seniors. The picture to the left shows me at the Boston Open Tournament in March of '99 with one of my favorite players, Andy Chong. You can click anywhere on that picture to find interesting Web Sites that relate to the sport of Badminton.
I was born
in 1941 and lived there 'til I graduated from High School in '59. I then joined
the United States Air Force and had jobs as an aircraft radio repairman,
computer programmer, and then in personnel data systems. I was stationed at
Westover AFB, Syracuse University, Randolph AFB, the USAF Academy, Taipei Air
Station, and did short duty in Greenland and Labrador, honorably discharged as a
Captain in 1975.
After finishing an MBA in Finance and Marketing at Syracuse University in 1977 I had a career with IBM, in Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Consulting, finishing as a Senior Planner in Atlanta in 1996.
In retirement mode, we live on the island part of the year, and in Florida the other part. You can rent our Nantucket house for the summer, since we are down in Florida then. On the right you see a scene from Nantucket. If you click on that picture, it will take you to some other web links about the quaint, windy island.
In 1992 we visited my sister-in-law down in
and bought a house there, thinking of retirement. Englewood is 100 miles south of Tampa.
Click anywhere in the
picture for more Englewood links. Starting in 2016, we are escaping Nantucket's cold and wind
by being in our Florida home. Perhaps we'll transition there completely in a few years.
I love to read, but I hate to find myself reading the same book
twice. So, for almost 20 years I've been maintaining a spreadsheet of all the
books I've read,
Link to Ken's Reading List.
You can search within this page and then use the 'back' button to return to this
I love to read, but I hate to find myself reading the same book twice. So, for almost 20 years I've been maintaining a spreadsheet of all the books I've read, Link to Ken's Reading List. You can search within this page and then use the 'back' button to return to this page.
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