What I know About Me
Mainly though, I am too busy "doing stuff" to give much thought to "me".
I have lived most of my life in Indianapolis, Indiana which is also known as "Naptown" or just plain "Indy". To sum up my personal nature, it would be one of boredom and discovery. While young, we traveled as a family and I guess it instilled in me a desire for the next thing, right around the corner or over the next hill. I guess that's why I like to drive.
I guess you would say I started life in a big way, coming in at 11 pounds, 4 ounces on that Thursday, October 4th, 1951. I'm betting Atlas actually DID shrug just a wee bit! So should anyone comment on my extra "tonnage", I can smile and truthfully tell them, "Hey, I had a head start!"
I was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and while growing up, frequently visited my maternal Grandparents on their 65 acre family farm as well as other family members in nearby South Webster and surrounding areas. Home grown fruit and vegetables, hickory and beech nut trees, cattle, chickens, berry patches, hay baling, frogs, snakes, tadpoles, fish, fireflies and much more added to my youthful education.
Rooted in the love of family, and grounded in rural American family traditions and life, I was blessed to have a great childhood of discovery and wonder, which I am only now beginning to fully appreciate. Fortunately for me, Mom and Dad decided to keep me and I grew up under the watchful eye of my (we won't say how much) slightly older sister who likes to rescue things
When I Was Your Age...
Has anyone ever started that sentence when speaking to you? "When I was your age..." Well, let me tell you, I have been around long enough to see a lot of change in my time rambling around this home of ours known as the "Third Rock From The Sun".
A product of the 1950's and 60's, I remember black and white TV, and yes, I WAS the remote in those days..."Ralph, change the channel...". We only had four channels though, so it wasn't so bad.
The year I graduated from high school (1969), Woodstock was "live" and the term "moonwalk" became part of our lexicon when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. I could go on for hours but here is some more info on "my decade", the 1960's.
The 1960's Were My Decade
I graduated from High School in 1969 when I was 17 years old My first portable transistor radio was AM only and we were in awe of the fact that we could walk around carrying music in our hand or shirt pocket. I was witness to a decade of perhaps some of the greatest variety of music development in history.
I like a good mystery...
...and I like to read
When I wasn't listening to music, and sometimes when I was, I was reading. Everything from required reading for school to "whodunnits" and Westerns, I probably had callouses from flipping pages. Mom made me take two years of Latin and it fueled my interest in language and reading. (Thanks, Mom!) And as a result of my "reading fetish", I developed a desire to write and teach, and have been doing both, especially in the fields of technology and marketing, for many years.
I Almost Shot My Eye Out!
One of my favorite movies - I can actually relate to most of this movie And yes, I nearly "shot my eye out" with a BB gun, playing with my cousins in the loft of my Grandpa's barn!
Yes I Volunteered
November 1st, 1971, I followed in my father's footsteps and began a new career with International Harvester Company here in Indianapolis. I lasted ten weeks. I was a young man, and bored to death, and I decided that I wanted to "join the service and see the world". So I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and ended up working on the "BombNav" radar and computer systems on the B-52D heavy bombers. I did see a bit of the world, starting with Texas, Colorado, Texas again, "U-tapao", Thailand and the Island of Guam. After 3 1/2 years, I returned to my old factory job and a career which ended in my retirement in December 2002.
B-B52 - a.k.a. "The Buff"
"Big Ugly Fat... Fellow"
All Things Technical
For whatever reason, I have been blessed with an aptitude for things electronic. From childhood on, I have tinkered with items such as geiger counters, crystal and superheterodyne radio sets and more. In the early '90's, I ran the Eagle BBS four telephone line commercial Bulletin Board System which was a member of FidoNet and was a step in the direction of what the Internet wanted to become.
Later, I built custom Microsoft Windows-based computers and shipped them from California to Maine in a venture known as Eagle Computers. If memory serves me, the "flying pc" image at the right was used in a promotion having to do with "very fast" computers or something along those lines. The business today has morphed into a small business consulting firm where I advise people and help them to reach their online presence and marketing goals.
I Got It Right!
Our Crowning Achievement
Diana came to me through a Bible outreach ministry in 1976. She and three other young ladies were holding Christian fellowship meetings in their home in the evenings while working in their medical field careers during the day. After much hesitation, I finally attended one of those little gatherings In December, 1976, and the rest, as they say, is history. I proposed on April 20th, 1977 and we were wed on September 4th of the same year. I finally "got it right" when I began learning about Spiritual matters and met the woman who would be my wife. But our crowning achievement rests with our children, shown below.
Some Writing Is...
... a bit more challenging
Writing about oneself is possibly one of the most difficult tasks a writer might face, at least it was for me. It becomes a bit easier by concentrating on the events and people who helped to shape a life into what is has become at a given point in time. I hope I have given at least a glimpse into my journey while noting that this writing exercise is missing a few key parts, most notably information about my wife, DIana and my parents Ray and Helen Moore. I wanted to leave that for a bit and get this published, sooner rather than later. I may eventually publish reflections about them in separate articles as time allows.
Thank you for reading and I welcome your comments below!
My name is Ralph Moore. I am a writer, programmer and Information Technology consultant to small business in Central Indiana. I enjoy cooking, puzzles, learning new things and unraveling some of life's mysteries.
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