[The Kunnel's Life]
I was happily employed by the Marine Corps at HQS, USMC, in Washington, DC, when I received a commission from the Kentucky Governor as a Kentucky Colonel. This occurred in October 1985. My Marine buddies immediately tagged me, the ol' Kunnel. This honorary colonelcy was the result of my work with the Corps and the WorldWide Military Command and Control Systems. Needless to say, that work was unique and its reward was the same. :-)
You can see more about my appreciation of all the military services by looking in on my The Military Services page.
In deference to my work with the Marines, I established a Bulletin Board System (BBS) to help them learn computer network conferencing in my off-time. The Colonel's BBS ran from mid 1986 until December, 1996. It originally ran on the GT Power Network but, the advent of InterNet and the World Wide Web soon showed me that the day of the hobby networks is at an end. So, here we are endeavoring to provide you the same service on the Web. 8-]
You may wish to visit a few of the web sites established by GT Power Network Systems Operators (SysOps) and other Web Authors. You are advised to just turn to GT Power SysOps. From there you will find links to Other Favorite Links and to my religious friends' web sites.
Real name: Robert Eugene Clarke
My friends call me "Bob" and/or "Old Kunnel."
Born: December 17, 1931 in Wood River Township (Alton), Illinois.
The Piasa Bird (pronounced Pie-a-saw), is a local legend in the Alton area. Its foundings go back to 1673 when Father Jacques Marquette, in recording his famous journey down the Mississippi River with Louis Joliet, described the "Piasa" as a birdlike monster painted high on the bluffs along the Mississippi River, where the city of Alton, Illinois now stands.
According to the diary, the Piasa "was as large as a calf with horns like a deer, red eyes, a beard like a tiger's, a face like a man, the body covered with green, red and black scales and a tail so long it passed around the body, over the head and between the legs."
The creature was given its name by the Illini Indians, "The Piasa", meaning a bird that devours men.
There are many legends regarding its origin. One of the more popular accounts can be found by clicking on the Piasa's pretty face....
(Note: The figure at the left of your screen sometimes resembles the Old Kunnel when he gets up in the morning. (GRIN))
Now Resides in Penn Township (Hanover), Pennsylvania.
Occupation: Retired Federal Employee.
Eyes of Hazel; Hair is thinning dark blond; Complexion is ruddy.
Hobbies: Computing (naturally), watching the boob tube (I like educational channels like A&E, Discovery, and The Learning Channel), Aviation, and reading* has always been an addiction of mine. "Friendship" is not a hobby, but an avocation. (grin)
*"Life is full of wonderful passions that come and go over the years, but the only one that will never let you down is reading."
Another interest I have (since I have been associated with computers and science-fiction) is Artificial Intelligence... Hence,
Twenty Questions - The neural-net on the InternetA great impressive bit of work in the OK's opinion. Play it so that it can constantly learn as you will!
[Note: You may play anonymously...Check screen after clicking to play.]
Oh, I forgot to mention that I have one brother.
Seventy-eight years ago, I remember it well. Our mother lay on the same birthing bed where I had been born. That night, the 7th of April, I refused to go bed because I knew something was happening. I lay on an overstuffed chair, head on one arm and legs hanging over the other. After several pleas from Grandmother Pryor for me to go to bed, she finally bribed me with a favorite treat...a slice of buttered bread with sugar on it. The next morning I looked in and saw you in our mother's arms bald and sleeping peacefully.
The Ol'Kunnel and His Best Friend: Cooper
Cooper became the Ol'Kunnel's best buddy in April, 1994, at the age of about four. This photo was taken on December 25, 1995. He's handsome, he's smart, and he still likes to sit on the Ol'Kunnel's lap. "I wouldn't take a million dollars for Cooper but, I would'nt pay ten cents for another just like him." Says the Ol'Kunnel.
Well, I spent a wee bit more than a dime for Nikki but, he also is proving to be a best friend. Just press the button below for my comments on him...
We like to consider December 17th as Cooper's birthday. The veterinarian has him as being born in 1990** so we celebrate his birthday along with the Old Kunnel's. Here we have one of Cooper's favorite activities. The Ol'Kunnel's says, "Look out and see if any Indians are coming, Cooper." (grin) At Christmas, we like to think he is checking to see if Santa Claus is landing on the front lawn. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
** It was subsequently determined that Cooper was closer to 18 than 16. Therefore, his birth year was probably in 1988. That is he would be about 96 years old in human terms.
The photo on the left is of the Ol'Kunnel taken by his Dad on May 15, 1941. At that time he lived on a farm near Edwardsville, Illinois and attended the one-room school pictured on the "School Daze" page. ~Click Here~.
I went on to finish grade school and high school in St. Louis, Missouri. I joined the U.S. Air Force in December of 1950 after graduating from high school in June. The Air Force sent me to France, August 1951. From there I was posted to Selfridge AFB, Michigan circa September 1954. Then I shipped out to Rome, Italy in August 1956. Subsequently, I was posted to Naples, Italy in September, 1958. View From My Balcony Over Bay Of Naples. From Italy I returned Stateside to Hollywood, California in July 1960. Then, to Alexandria, Virginia in December, 1961 where I met my Lady, Lorraine.
My Sweet Lorraine We were married on November 2nd, 1962. I was discharged from the Air Force in 1964. I attended the Business School at The American University in Washington DC; graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1970. I have worked as supermarket manager, Food Nutrition Specialist, and Program Analyst; retiring as such March 1989.
Back in the old days when I was a GT SysOp interested in ANSI graphics, the ol'Kunnel submitted a round "tuit" for the consideration of the users of the International ANSI Art Conference. Since I can't reproduce that here for y'all, I will use the one from Corfy Corfman, the leader of The Club. You can find more on "roundtuits" and The Club at Corfy's Corner. The Ol'Kunnel promises you a positive delight.
Everybody needs this.
It is indispensable.
It is not a triangular tuit.
It is not a rectangular tuit.
It is not an oblong tuit.
It is a round tuit.