I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 16 Jan 1943. Upon graduation from high school (Baltimore City College) in February 1960, I enlisted in the US Air Force and served as an air-launched weapons system technician for 14 years. Then the Air Force sent me to Auburn University to study Aerospace Engineering. Upon graduation from Auburn, I attended Officers Training School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant and became a high energy laser weapon system analyst and an air-launched weapons system analyst. (See my Air Force Biography) After retiring in 1986, I worked in the defense industry for a while. (See my Resumes under Consulting.)
Travel: During my Air Force career I traveled extensively and enjoyed seeing new places. I have now seen all 50 US States and about 14 foreign countries. Linda and I now enjoy traveling around in our Safari Trek motor home.
Computers: I have been interested in computers for many years since using one at work in 1973. In 1979 I bought my first one. I have owned the following
The Dells and the Tablet PC are currently connected as a local area network.
Photography: I have taken thousands of photographs during my travels. We currently own two digital still cameras and a digital video camera. (See Photo Album and/or Newsletters for pictures that Linda and I have taken.)
Astronomy: I have had a life-long interest in astronomy. I own a 3.5 inch reflecting telescope. In recent years I have taken it to schools to share with the students. This began when Linda was teaching 3rd grade, and I would show sunspots to her class. In recent years I made visits to several schools in New Mexico as part of the Visiting Scientist Program of the New Mexico Academy of Science.
Genealogy: After inheriting several American Civil War documents in 1976, I began to look for information about my ancestors. Linda is also interested in researching her family history. We have combined travel and genealogy by making trips each year to the genealogical library in Salt Lake City. We have uncovered much information. (see Genealogy) Among our findings are that we share a rich Christian spiritual heritage. (see Testimony)
AIAA: Since 1970 I have been a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - the professional society for aerospace engineering. I am currently a senior member and treasurer of the Albuquerque Section.
As mentioned above under Genealogy, I have benefited from a Christian heritage. For instance, my 3rd great grandfather, John Malseed, was a Trustee and Treasurer of the 7th Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. My grandfather Malseed sang bass in a choir. My father also sang bass in choir, and was a Deacon and Treasurer of Belvedere Baptist Church in Baltimore. My mother was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. I am thankful for having been raised in this environment. It was natural for me to give my life to Jesus Christ when I was 12 years old. I have learned to trust the Lord for everything. This isn't always easy, but the Bible assures me, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6) I have seen Him be faithful to His promises in many ways. When it seemed impossible for me to have gotten my college education, doors opened through special Air Force assignments and changed Air Force policies - and at just the right time. When I got my degree, the Lord brought me to Albuquerque, and brought Linda to me. We were married when I was 36. (Sometimes the Lord teaches us patience, but waiting on His best is always best.) When I had a heart attack in 1984, the Lord was there to give he help, hope, and healing. I have done well since then. I was ordained a deacon at Hoffmantown Church in 1984, and have been singing bass in the choir since 1978. God has given me great peace in knowing that I continue to propagate that Christian heritage that He gave me.
One doesn't have to have a great spiritual heritage to find peace in a personal relationship with the Lord. That relationship is a free gift from the Lord and, in fact, there are no prerequisites for receiving it at all! Having Christian ancestors doesn't make anyone a Christian - it just helps you realize that you need that free gift.
Like all gifts, you get to make a choice to accept the gift or reject the
gift. I realized for the first time that I wanted to receive the gift when
I was 12 years old. I knew about the gift but I had never received it.
Until you receive it, you are rejecting the gift. How about you?
Have you asked God for His gift? It is never too late!
Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship.
If I can help you with this decision about being a Christian let me know.
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