Collected Tales from our Life's Journey's




Richard Pottorf


Where have you been? and what have you been doing? - - - family, school, career, pastimes, good times, etc.

Graduated from OSU in 1970 with B.S. in Aerospace Engineering degree.
Graduated from USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio,TX in 1971.
Flew Air/Sea Rescue C-130 aircraft from 1972 - 1975.
Separated from active duty in 1975  and took a position at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, TX as Maintainability Design Engineer working on USAF F-16 fighter program.
Moved to Cincinnati, OH in 1978 to accept engineering position at GE Aircraft Engines.
Held several different positions at GE first in engineering then to technical programs management after completing an MBA degree at University of Cincinnati in 1982.
Left GE in 1992 to take position as Asst VP Controller of Shop Operations at Greenwich Air Services in Miami, FL.
Decided to make a career change by going back to school from 1994 - 1997 to take courses in Computer Science.
Took position at Ohio Department of Taxation in 1997 as a progrsmmer/analyst.
worked on several programs (Y2K, Integrated Taxes Assessment Sysrems (ITAS) and the STARS program to transition computer systems from IBM 370 to server-based systems).
Retired in 2014 and enjoying retired life with friends and family.
Married for 51 years to the former Judy Shannon (1968 Whetstone graduate) with two children, Amy (married to Lee Kauderer) and Craig (married to Mindy Lance)
and five grandchildren (Jared, Regan, Braden, Graham and Gracie).
Planning on getting back into flying since my older granddaughter, Regan Kauderer wants to learn to fly and I have all my FAA ratings (Commercial Pilot, Single Engine and Multi-Engine, Instrument and Chief Flight Instructor ratings). Should come in handy when she goes off to college in a couple of years...
Some of the more interesting events in my life were taking my family to Europe (Hamburg, Germany and Amsterdam) on one of my business trips to Lufthansa and KLM in 1990, my one and my only trip around the world in 1991 (with stops in Tokyo,   Bangkok and Karachi and then back home via Paris.
Currently updating our home (built-in 1954) to bring it into the 21st century.
Getting ready to go on another vacation (second one this year) to visit Judy's two sisters (Ashvillle, NC and Atlanta) and then on to Nashville to visit nearby plantations and the Grand Ole Opry)!

favorite high school memory

Shorting out lighting circuit to the principal's and guidance councillor's office from the AV room THREE times in one 40-minute period!!!
And we never got caught......

unique achievement

Having my wife pin those second lieutenant bars on my shoulders when I got commissioned as an officer in the USAF and then a year later pinning those silver pilot wings on my chest!!!

standout event

The birth of our children and grandchildren

unforgettable trip

The family trip to Europei

little-known fact

I put to good use those "dos anos de Espanol" la senorita Secrest taught us when I was living in Miami

You’ve come a long way in 55 years. Where are you going in the next five years?

getting back into flying and going cross country. I've always wanted to fly over the Rockies in a small plane!







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