Work History



  • Grocery Store, Evansville IN
    • I don't even remember what it was called. A friend told me of an opening at a grocery store he worked at. I was hired and only worked for a week or two then told it wasn't working out because I didn't have enough hustle. I was 15 or 16. 
  • Weed Control, Mt Vernon, IN
    • I also did a summer of work in Mt Vernon, IN chopping weeds out of soy bean fields. Some of the hardest work I've ever done. I lived with Randy? Coleman? Wayne?
  • Lawnboy, Sam Gray, Evansville, IN
    • I don't remember how I got this job. Just a bloc away on Lincoln Avenue, Sam Gray had a good sized property where I worked a summer or two, mainly mowing. He had a John Deere riding mower for trim and a larger Hesston rider that vacuumed everything it cut or ran over into a large dump body on the back. This was a good job, light hours while I was going to high school.
  • Chayes Virgina Corporation, Evansville, IN
    • In between high school and college I decided to try working instead of school and wound up at Virginia Corporation.  They made dental chairs, stools and accessories. I started out running an automated machine called the Moog Hydra-point. It cut, drilled and tapped parts automatically getting program instructions from a paper tape. My job was to load material, make sure the coolant didn't stop and replace taps and bits that broke during the operations. I quit after a year and went to college.
  • Mayhew Oil & Gas, Evansville, IN
    • I believe I was still in college when I landed a job with local oil and gas producer, Don Mayhew and his cohort Cecilia Best at Mayhew Oil and Gas Co. I believe he had inherited the business and some producing wells and wanted me to do some subsurface mapping for him so he could show investors where he would like to drill new wells. In addition, he would take me out to his production wells to gauge the holding tanks and service the pump jacks. It was interesting for a while, I worked there about 9 months and after I had produced some maps for him to show off, he pretty much let me go.
  • Marathon Oil Company, Casper, WY
    • I finished my Bachelors Degree and after a few months sending resumes all over the country, got a response from Marathon Oil in Casper. I accepted a job with them as a Exploration Technician and moved to Casper in late Fall 1979. I worked there for 8 years until they closed their Casper office during the oil bust. 
  • Conoco Oil, Casper, WY
    • I immediately got another job at Conoco in Casper managing their Geoscience Work Station, a home-grown system for making subsurface maps and cross sections. It ran on a VAX computer which I managed, did data entry and ran a CalComp liquid toner electrostatic plotter that output the maps. I worked there for 6 years and like Marathon, the Casper office was to be closed.
  • Some lull time and retraining
    • I did some Conoco-sponsored retraining for around 9 months where I went through a series of classes in Ft. Collins, CO to become a Certified Novell Engineer (CNE). 
  • Casper College, Casper, WY
    • With that certification I interviewed with Casper College for a Software Technician opening (to get my foot in the door) and accepted the job albeit making ~$40,000 year less than I was at Conoco. I quickly moved into systems administration setting up a dial-in system for college employees and rebuilding a crashed SCO Unix student email and file server. I created the college's first web site, and utilizing my CNE, took over the Novell infrastructure after the Novell sysadmin was let go.
  • Retired - 7/1/2016 after 21 years at Casper College