Who is Charles Harmon?
Seems like mostly young people are on the web, or let me phrase it another way – many older people like me don’t want to have anything to do with the web or don’t know much about it or use it themselves.
I am the exception. I got involved with the web when it started back in the mid-90s. As a programmer and as a business partner who created my first website with Microsoft Front Page 97.
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In early 2000 I got involved with my younger brothers when minicomputers first came out. They are obsolete now (minicomputers, that is). I wrote a series of Thoroughbred horseracing programs that picked winning horses. However, both my brothers died shortly thereafter and I decided not to sell them like I was planning.
I do have one program I wrote in Visual Basic that took me about a year to research and write. I think it has great promise because it would pick longshots that probably few others would consider. I personally have made a lot of money betting on longshots so this was a labor of love project. But… I never had a chance to test it and unless someone is interested in mystic or ancient “science” it might be too much for them to believe it has any merit. It is based on this ancient science, and with some common sense and a few selective rules it might be a real money maker. But I’ll need to find someone interested in horse race betting to test it, after I get it out of my “no time to pursue” file. So this has been on hold since 2004.
Finally about 2003 or 2004 I decided to give the internet a try myself and I’ve never looked back.
Fast forward to today, Mar 4, 2013. My mom’s birthday had she lived, but she too passed away about a year before my two brothers.
I could write about a lot since I’ve had so many experiences over my lifetime, but I won’t. I did have a 5 page mini biography up for several years, but took it down some time ago. It had too much personal information on it. It was sort of like a resume, of which I’ve written many over the years as I had a lot of jobs and was a Programmer consultant for a number of years. Below replaces my biography and actually has more info on it but in a different form.
This list is sort of like a list of things to do before one dies, but are the actual things I did or accomplished. They were not generally planned in advance, but just kind of happened during periods of my life. They are not necessarily in order, but mostly follow certain time periods in my life.
Schools and education (partial list)
- Wilson Jr. College (Chicago, IL)
- Pasadena Jr. College (Pasadena, CA)
- University of Wisconsin
- Austin Peay State University (Tennessee)
- UCLA (Downtown LA, Westwood, CA)
- California State University – Los Angeles
- Riverside Community College (Riverside, CA)
Large Corporations (I worked as a programmer/analyst, consultant, or senior Electronics Technician)
(The few smaller companies I worked for are omitted)
- Transamerica Insurance – Programmer
- Western Bancorp – Programmer
- Carte Blanc – Programmer
- Xerox EOS – QC Technician
- Bendix Electrodynamics – QC Technician
- General Dynamics – Contract Programmer
- Lockheed – Programmer
- Sony Corp – Contract Programmer
- Southern California Edison – Programmer
- Federal Reserve Bank – Contract Programmer
- Los Angeles County – Contract Programmer
- Optical Research Associates – Computer operator ( a small company that got me interested in programming and computers)
Age 13 – 16
- I liked to draw and paint. I used Tempera paints. I got good at drawing people’s faces. I liked to paint rockets and space scenes.
- I read all the books in the local library on electronics and astronomy.
- I started a two year course in electronics. But I already knew most of it, so I and another radio amateur repaired electronics in our high school repair shop.
- Later when attending college I found out the electronics course they were offering was the same one I had completed in high school. So I decided to get into computer science since computers were new and I thought they would be an upcoming popular invention.
- I followed the new inventions of the maser, the laser, transistors, semiconductors, IC’s (integrated circuits, i.e. chips) and almost everything electronic.
Age 16 – 20
- I got my Amateur Radio License, first a Novice, then a General. I still have it over 50 years later.
- I built many radio transmitters from scratch and kits.
- I built a pocket transistor radio about 1957 or before when transistors were only a few years old.
- I talked to people in about 100 countries over my transmitters using voice and CW (code).
- Was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. I talked to people over shortwave from an airplane.
- Operated (with a partner) my high school electronics repair business. We repaired radios, TVs, electric appliances, etc.
Age 19 – 22
- I had my own secret mobile radio station in the military where I handled secret coded messages.
- I jumped out of airplanes (C-130’s, Caribou’s, and C119’s). Was on a list to jump from a helicopter (HUEY’s) for a year, but when the call came to jump I was in Chicago for the weekend and decided not to take the 11 hour drive back to the post. I was lucky. The helicopter crashed and several people (all of them) died in the crash.
- I operated the Post’s (Army base) Amateur radio station handling phone patches for the military men overseas who wanted to talk back home.
- I did the same thing after I got out of the military, but from my car and home in Pasadena, CA where I had friends there talk to their families in Argentina and Peru.
- I talked regularly from my car and home to New Zealand, Australia, and South Pacific Islands over my shortwave radios.
- I also talked to Russia during that time (Cold War) over my radios on phone and code.
Age 23 – 31
- Got my first job, assembling computer parts for Burroughs mainframe computers.
- Went back to college for years – day school, night school, part-time, full-time. I took 2 yrs. of Real Estate, 2 yrs. of Computer Science, art, engineering, etc.
- Got my First Class Radiotelephone License. I can operate commercial radio and TV transmitters anywhere in the USA. I have a rare lifetime license.
- Graduated from Jr. College with a Computer Science Degree.
- Got my 2nd Job as a precision assembler assembling mirrors for oscillographs.
- Got my 3rd job as a computer digitizer for a geophysics engineering company.
- Participated in laser experiments and built my own neon/argon cw laser in the 1960s.
- Got my 4th job as a computer operator for optical research engineers.
- Designed their logo which they used for many years.
- Got my 1st Corvette – a new 1969 with 350ci / 350 hp engine
- Got my 2nd Corvette – a prime 1963 Corvette Sting Ray in 1970 … which I sold 11 years later for a $10,000+ profit.
- Ran computer programs to analyze rocks from the moon.
- Operated FAX machines in 1968 when they were new back in those days.
- Attended UCLA night school. Took Accounting and business law.
- Graduated From California State University, Los Angeles.
- Learned FORTRAN, already knew BASIC, COBOL, etc.
- Job #5 as an QC technician at Xerox in Pomona, CA where they made the first night lights for helicopters and military, that division was sold to Bendix Electrodynamics.
- On my 6th job at Bendix Electrodynamics I became a QC Technician testing accelerameters (used as a speedometer) on rockets for early space missions.
Age 31 Up
- I had quit my computer operator job to finish my last class at Cal State. Couldn’t get a programmer job after graduation so I resorted to betting on horses (I had done 2 years research on that by that time).
- Became a Senior Electronics Technician my 7th job, analyzing and repairing aircraft navigation computers for jets.
- By good luck I was offered my 8th job, a computer/analyst trainee job at TransAmerica Corp. Worked there 2 yrs, but it started a 30+ year career as a programmer/analyst.
- Learned PL/I at Southern California Edison. Worked with engineers with programming for the first solar power system in the Mojave desert.
- Took one of the first classes on Black Holes at UCLA. Black Hole theory was new at that time. That class was the best, most interesting class in my life.
- Attended many real estate seminars, but first I borrowed $600 on my credit card and attended Al Lowery’s RE Seminar. Two months later I bought my first house – “no money down”. I bought six more houses/townhomes over the next few years under the same terms – using none of my own money.
- Continued researching (and betting) on horseracing systems until 1995 using mainframes and PCs. I had some success, made money, many $1000s over the years. But this is an endeavor that requires constant learning and adapting in order to make money. A very small percent of bettors can make money long term. It is definitely possible to make money betting on thoroughbreds, but it is a never ending battle to keep up with winning techniques.
- Sold some of my horseracing research as a database. Published an article in a horseracing magazine.
- I’ve traded stocks, commodities (Futures), and options, with some success overall, but definitely not up to my expectations.
2004 – to today
- Created and managed over 80 of my own websites. Original websites were HTML, and then quickly changed to WordPress shortly after it came out. I changed all but three or four of my HTML sites to WordPress.
- I accumulated over 700 domain names. Some I still have sitting parked at my registrar. Some I put websites on some I actively tried to keep up, others I took down because I lost interest in them.
- I have built websites for others. I manage websites for others. I have paid programmers to build websites for me.
- I have had at least a dozen PCs, 1 MAC, several laptops, several hand held BASIC computers, etc. over the years. Three computers sit on my desk right now.
- I have four dozen or more, aged domain names and/or websites for sale right now.
- I sort-of starting over in internet marketing (September 2016),
but specifically shooting for big money this time.
There are a lot more things that I’ve done or forgotten to mention. During those and later years I’ve had 3 Corvettes, 1 Porsche, 1 MG, 2 BMWs and about 20 other cars, a pickup truck and an SUV I’m driving right now. (I still have a 1989 Corvette and a 1997 BMW 328i Convertible)
- I’m working on this site (very slowly – April 2017) so some of the links/pages might be removed or changed location.
- I manage this site about people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Do you have a story to tell?
- I’ve gone on two African safaris with Safari Kay.
- I recently taken down my astronomy blog because I sold the domain name.
- I recently removed about 700 posts from my Wish Good Luck site -thanks to Google penalizing that site, possibly because I had a link in an article to a bingo site in the UK. Google, as is typical, never said what the problem was and halted my AdSense on the site.
- I need travel articles you submit to my travel site that you write about your travels (800 words or more) – I will publish them there if quality is good.
- I’m showcasing old comics and ads on my comic nostalgia website.
- I have a site that reviews PLR suppliers.
- I put up a new site about India.
- I’m working on a new site about colors to replace an old site I took down a few months ago.
That’s a very brief list of some of the things I have done. Not enough, but I gained a LOT of experience and knowledge in the process.
- A laser experience
- “Who you know”
- The Decision
- My First Computer Job
- Domain Name: Coincidence or Luck?
- Good Luck Job Offer Rejected