Where have you been? and what
have you been doing? - - - family, school, career, pastimes, good
It has been one heck of a ride
and the end is nowhere in sight. After Eastmoor, I went to the OSU
where I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I think I
considered every discipline on campus except pharmacy. I ended up
graduating with a major in geohydrology and a minor in computer
science. During summer breaks, I taught sailing and canoeing at a
camp on Hoover Dam. Fourth thru sixth graders are a lot of fun and
It was off to University of Arizona for my graduate studies where I
had a National Science Foundation Fellowship and an opportunity to
study arid land water resources. I enjoyed studying at U of A
and fell in love with Arizona. While working on my
dissertation, I spent many afternoons and most weekends learning how
to fly gliders (sailplanes). I hustled guest rides to pay for the
plane and tow and built enough hours to become a Certified Flight
Instructor in Gliders.
My doctorial dissertation was quite controversial because it showed
that the multi-billion-dollar Central Arizona Project to bring
Colorado River water to central and southern AZ was not a good
investment and unnecessary. The University gave me my PhD in
Water Resources Administration and Natural Resources Economics but
State officials invited me to leave the state. This was my first
incident with politics.
I originally thought I wanted to be a college professor but elected
to pursue a career in applied rather than theoretical sciences. My
background fit perfectly with the original environmental quality
laws, so I moved to Northern Virginia where I worked on environmental
impact studies for surface coal mining in the Western states. I ended
up spending 23 years in the Federal Government in various senior
positions ending at the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Deputy
Assistant Attorney General for Information Resources Management.
I loved being the CIO at DOJ and oversaw development of a large
number of criminal justice computer systems that are actively used
today. The highpoint was working with Attorney General Janet Reno. An
amazing woman and historically significant individual.
After retiring from the government, I spent another 20+ years as a
consultant helping build small government-facing companies. I finally
retired for the fourth and final time in 2020.
Margo and I have made our home in Scottsdale, AZ. We spend a lot of
time traveling the Southwest, often on our motorcycle. Spending time
with our Grandchildren in our swimming pool and taking them to
National Parks and historic sights is so much fun.
favorite high school memory
Daniel Brustein standing-up in
the auditorium and opposing the Vietnam war during a military
recruiting event. I did not fully understand what he was saying at
the time, but I admired his courage and foresight. I later learned
how much I agreed with him.
I have lived an amazingly rich life
with so many personal achievements. Certainly, marrying Margo
at a drive-up window in Las Vegas on April Fools’ Day 17 years ago is
a standout. She helps keep me centered and her wisdom is so important
to me. My son, Micah, and two stepchildren, Danny and Nicole, bring
unique happiness. And then there are five grandchildren who have
become the center of our universe.
Margo and I riding a
Harley-Davidson in all 50 states including Scottsdale, AZ to Alaska.
It took us 11 years to accomplish our goal, but what fun.
Second place goes to rafting the Colorado River through the Grand
Canyon to Lake Mead. Third has to be bare-boat sailing in the British
Virgin Islands where I captained a 50-foot sailboat.
I have traveled extensively
within and outside the USA. Nothing compares to Margo’s and my
month-long cruise from Santiago, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
We went through the Strait of Magellan, crossed Drake’s Passage, and
spent six days in Antarctica. The ship had a 20-person expedition
team that could have staffed any major university. We went ashore
five times and walked amongst the penguins and seals. The vastness of
the bottom of the world and unspoiled quietness was sensory overload.
We left Antarctica and sailed up to the Falkland Islands and on to
Buenos Aires. We wrote a blog during the trip that you can find at:
margoboster.com/category/travel/antarctica-2019 if you want to
read more about it and see some pictures. Antarctica was a surreal
experience that touched our souls. We plan to go back in 2023.
I have two shoulders and one
knee replacements that have not slowed me down. I also have severe
ADHD that was not diagnosed until later in life. I was tested at Duke
University and they told me that I had a much higher probability of
being in prison than earning a PhD.
You’ve come a long way in 55
years. Where are you going in the next five years?
Spending time with our five
grandchildren is high on the list. I continue to ride motorcycles
frequently with our motorcycle club friends. I currently have 2
motorcycles in Arizona and 1 in North Carolina. I plan on riding my
NC motorcycle back to Arizona In the Spring to see if I can do that
at 74. For my 80th birthday, I want to get arrested for doing a
motorcycle wheelie down Scottsdale Blvd!