After high school I went back to Texas where I worked for a few years before being drafted into the U.S. Army. While a member of this fine organization I served stateside at Fort Hood, Texas. I then was sent to Viet Nam where I was lucky enough to served for only one year.
When I came home from Viet Nam, I worked in Austin, Texas for 2 years where I attended a branch of Central Texas College before moving back to Mississippi.
After moving back to Mississippi, I attended and graduated from Jones County Junior College.
I then went to Hattiesburg, MS to go to school at The University of Southern Mississippi. I planned to get a four year degree and then go back to Texas. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science but I never made it back to Texas.
I was offered a position in the Computing Facilities department of the College of Science and Technology at USM so I decided to stay in Hattiesburg. At the time I took the position, our responsibility was only the college but that soon was expanded to include the entire university. The name was changed to the Department of Academic Computing and our duties and responsibilities changed quite a bit. Instead of being responsible for software installation and lab supervision for only the college, I now was responsible for installing Novell networks, setting up training classes, supervising labs, and overseeing the help desk for the entire university.
During the time I was teaching the training classes for the faculty and staff, I also taught part time for the Department of Continuing Education at the university. Later I left the Department of Academic Computing and began teaching full time.
I worked at USM until May of 2000 when I moved to Sacramento, California.