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Boomer Of The Month - NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1999

Congratulations to Barb and Ed


Barbara Pfrommer

Barb

Ed Zeiser


          We are indeed the people our parents warned us against! Our generation, the Boomers, have been through a lot - some of it joyous, some of it painful. We are now approaching the autumn of our years. Part of that stage of life is reflecting on what we have done and what we will do with the time we have left. Jimmy Buffett does that in his best-selling book, A Pirate Looks at Fifty. As I read it, I'll try to pick out some interesting quotes and thoughts and put them here. Jimmy turned 52 in December - Ed turned 52 in January. We are growing older, but not up. I was born on January 27, 1947, the same year as the transistor was invented. I share the same birth date as Mozart. I love sailing, music, and walking in the woods. I try to work out or run five days a week or at least do some exercise. In my younger days, I rode a motorcycle across the country and later up to Alaska. Dorothy and I traveled around the world together, lived in Kirksville, Missouri and then in The Hague in Holland. Ironically, we returned to Connecticut where I grew up and where we met. I started my business, Micro Services Group, in 1988 and do computer training, repair and systems work for a variety of customers. My first memory is being on a boat - not a real boat, but a child-size boat at a carnival. It was like a merry-go-round in water. I was two or three at the time. I grew up in the age of the ideal family. One of the first TV shows that I remember watching was I Remember Mama on Friday nights. Later, along came the famous TV families of the Fifties: remember the Nelsons (Ozzie, Harriet, Ricky, and David), the Andersons (Jim, Margaret, Bud, Princess, and Kitten), the Cleavers (the Beaver - Theodore, Wally, June, Ward, and of course my namesake - Eddie Haskell), and the Stones (Donna, Dr. Alex Mary, Jeff, and Trish). Families are rarely ideal and I certainly didn't understand much about family dynamics growing up. I was the son of a sailor. My father's life and only love was the Navy. He was in the Navy for 20 years. That was the high point of his life. My mother had been severely abused as a young child and was removed from her home. One can only imagine what happened to be taken from her mother and step-father's home in the 1920s. My mother could only love little children and dogs. My mother would tell me that if you could read, you would never be lonely. She was wrong. Books don't replace people or experiences. What I do: I am the PC Coordinator for Continuing Education at Manchester Community-Technical College where I teach a well-received introductory class called Meet the PC. At Northwestern Connecticut Community-Technical College, I teach a variety of continuing education classes focusing on Word, Access, and Excel.. Some of the other classes I've taught include courses on DOS, Windows, Lotus1-2-3, WordPro, QuickBooks, and Novell NetWare 3.1x. Manchester Community-Technical College Continuing Education Northwestern Connecticut Community-Technical College Hobbies: Sailing, music, cooking, and more...
          Home Page: http://home.worldnet.att.net/~e.zeiser

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