Manitou Springs is my hometown. I am a life-long resident of the region, most of that time as a Manitou Springs resident.
My grandparents bought the local weekly newspaper, the Pikes Peak Journal, in 1926 and it became a family operation for three generations. I started working there at about age 9, sweeping floors and emptying trash cans. I worked there after school and during the summers. Eventually, I took over the paper and was editor and publisher for roughly 20 years.
I sold the newspaper in 1997, returned to school to earn a computer science degree, and started a second career as a software engineer. All that time was spent at Schriever AFB working on classified projects. I retired at the end of April 2019.
My role with the newspaper led to involvement in a variety of Manitou activities. I have served on the Business of Arts Center (now the Manitou Art Center) board, in various capacities with Manitou’s Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and was president of the AdAmAn Club for four years. The latter is a quirky hiking club that annually ascends Pikes Peak in late December to usher the New Year with fireworks from the summit.
My wife, Sue, and I have been married for 43 years, all of that as Manitou residents. She has been very active in a variety of community groups. We have two adult sons, Jeff, an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, and Joe, a professor of Nuclear Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.