High-Tech Career origins
Fifty years ago on 27 Feb 1967, I began my high-tech career, at General Electric Company's
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania's Space Systems Division. I was hired as a Mathematics
Technician at an annual salary of $21,000 (in today's dollars, according to Inflation Calculator, $152,683.20).
Receiving an award for Cost Savings in 1971
Since I had no college degree at that time, and previous work history as a jewelry
manufacturer's bench-slave, my sole credentials were outstanding scores on a qualifying
test. At the time, my first wife and I were living in an apartment (
Queens Court) in Philadelphia's
Oak Lane neighborhood, on North Broad Street where Old York Road crossed 66th Avenue,
across from the Oak Lane Diner. I used to drive North to the Pennsylvania Turnpike at
Fort Washington, then West to the King of Prussia exit, where the GE complex sat atop
a hillside overlooking the King of Prussia Plaza shopping mall. And yes, the town of
King of Prussia actually exists, named for Frederick The Great, who gave substantial aid
to the army of the American Revolutionary forces in their fight against the British
Colonial Army. The Valley Forge National Park is located a few miles West of this
town in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Within a couple of years, we bought a small home in
Glenside's North Hills neighborhood,
cutting my commute distance by a small amount, but offering a much better living space for our
Jen, right, was born 27 Aug 1967 when we lived at Queen's Court; Tim, left, was born here on 12 Dec 1969
This picture was taken in 1987 when we lived in Woodland Hills, CA
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