I was born in Long Beach, California to Marjorie Crane and Fred L. Welsh during the last days of WWII. I grew up in the Vassar/Millington, Michigan area where I did a lot of farming in my youth. Then, it was on to Michigan State for a BA in history/pre-law. After graduation, I became an officer in the US navy serving on LST1160 Traverse County and DD931 Forrest Sherman as main propulsion assistant and CIC officer. After leaving the Navy in 1972, I managed a Manpower Inc. office in Flint, Michigan. Then it was on to General Motors for twenty-seven years as an Industrial Engineer. Now, I'm happily retired and very busy with a singing group, Brothers in Song, and with volunteer work at the Bay County Historical Museum.
This is my grandson Aiden. He is the apple of his parents eye. As a grandparent it is wonderful just to be able to see not only what he is doing but how his parents are reacting to him.
My only problem is the distance to where he lives. Raliegh, North Carolina is a great city but it is 800 miles from here. I also think about how different his life will be. He will be a city kid, raised in the new south, in the twenty-first century. I was a farm boy, raised in the industrial bread basket of the world, in the twentieth century. That makes for quite a difference.
We are getting to the point where we have regular fans among the people who watch our shows at America House on Linden Road. It is fun to see them every month or so. It is also fun to try to give them a song which they may not have heard in awhile. I do enjoy going over there.
We have another show at the Pines on Davison Road next Monday. I am looking forward to it. We are doing more four-part harmony. I really have to push my range to do first tenor at this age. *It would be better if I could go to second.
I was back to practice with the Brothers in Song yesterday. I hadn't sung anything in about two weeks. All of my higher ranges were gone and the lower ones weren't the best either. You have to start someplace so I did. Everyone else was in some sort of shut down or the other so we made a fine group.
I had new music to work on.
I'm Sitting on Top of the World
Me and My Shadow
Button up your Overcoad
Have I told you lately that I Love You(done before many times)
We have a gig on on thursday so things need to come together by then.
This video is very impressive and filled with great information. It is an example of what I would like to see in a video interview. The questions show thought and the answers cover the questions. Nice job Bill!
This is an example and a snippit of what Bill and Katy are doing now. I think many of us would be surprised. Some of us, like me, learn about modern communication and design by following these discussions. I like them.
I had to think of how different Aruba was from my time on the computer tonight. Now, we had just a beautiful day here. The temp went to 69 degrees but that just isn't as warm are Aruba was when I was there last week. Even after the sun went down the temperature was at least 65. We would sit by the pool and listen to free music. Some times the girls would dance. Sometimes, even I would help. The recreation coordinators at the place we stayed were great at keeping things going. We danced, played trivia, put puzzles together and of course had the Hula Hoop contest. Everything was so much fun. Michigan is fun too, but I will never forget Aruba.
The 1982 movie TRON hit my world of 386 computers right between the eyes. I like the movie. I knew just enough to know that TRON was the word for trace-on. In those days you could think about getting inside of the machine because you often had to do it. Besides, the IBM pc was lucky to have a disk drive in those times. so the machines were much smaller. The Apple II was on its way out so not many did machine language, but nobody had the likes of microsoft offfice and movies where out of the question.
Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuit, Blogger, HomePuzz, Picassa, and others. I use all of them. The social networking scene is one of my favorite places but I do end up confused.
I'm not bad on Facebook. I use it for all sorts of things. My Blackberry Storm Facebook Application is one of the first spots I visit in the morning, but I am still a bit lost about how to use it effectively. Don't get me wrong. I often get the word first on what is happening in the family, but I wonder if my science posts should really be mixed in with a note about going to the movies and what was playing.
I use twitter because it is a searchable, wide spread tool that will load Facebook. I like tweetdeck too because of its ability to set up searches on whatever. In fact, I almost never use twitter from within twitter. It always comes from my phone or tweetdeck or my new hootsuite.
Right now, I am very confused about how to use all of these effectively. Maybe, in ten years I will get it.
I saw a magic lantern today. It's funny that I haven't noticed it before. It looked very like a film strip projector with a small smoke stack. This was at the Bay City Antique Mall where I visited while Sue went to the dentist.
I found an American Heritage book from 1967 on the 'Gay Nineties' .
That will fit right in with my work on the Columbian Exposition.