In high school I learned how to program in BASIC and Fortran and knew I would go into programming when I went to college. In college, at Purdue University Calumet, my good friend Charlie Hoffman got me to take a test with him at Computer Task Group to see about getting jobs right at the end of our sophomore year. We both passed and went to Buffalo New York to learn how to be mainframe programmers. We started out programming with COBOL back in 1987 at US Steel in Gary Indiana. Since then I have covered the gamut of database and development technologies, roles and employment (a consultant and full-time employee). I consider myself a jack of all trades when it comes to computers and programming.