My passion is exploring the dynamic intersection of corporate communications and Internet technology. I retired in 2012 after thirty years with Raytheon Company (and E-Systems, a company that merged with Raytheon in 1994). I managed the Internet, Intranet and social media communications for a large defense and electronics business unit. I also served as the communications lead for the Chief Information Officer of the unit.
Looking back on my career, I’ve worn a number of hats: technical writer, educational material developer, engineering services manager, configuration and data manager, marketing manager, IT program manager, video producer and, occasionally, on camera talent.
I’m a Chicagoan by birth and Texan by choice. I grew up in the northern suburb of Morton Grove, and attended Loyola University Chicago on the city’s lakefront. We had an on-campus radio station, WLUC-AM; I established a news department and also served as late night DJ. It was a blast! I graduated with a BA degree in English and worked in the communications field throughout my career.
I’ve been obsessed with computers since the TRS-80 Model 1 was introduced in 1977. It had a whopping 4K of RAM and a cassette recorder for data storage; I named it Casey1. Two years later I was online, using a borrowed-from-work TI Silent 700 acoustic modem and thermal paper printer. I remember that first evening I plugged in the 300 baud modem (and ran through an entire roll of paper); I was one of four people on MicroNet (which later became CompuServe which became AOL).
I was privileged to be one of the first community journalists to contribute to the pioneering online service StarText, developed by the Ft. Worth Star Telegram way back in 1982. Soon after that, I logged on to the Internet at work (it was text only back then) and was hooked! Shortly after the World Wide Web was introduced, I headed a work team that established an Internet presence for E-Systems. We then quickly set up an Intranet, and the rest of my career was mostly devoted to the care and feeding of our Intranet and Internet sites.
In addition to my on-line life, I’ve been “on the air” for over fifty years as an Amateur “ham” Radio operator. In 2014, I passed the FCC exam for Amateur Extra, the highest class of ham license (yep, it took 50 years!). My original callsign was WN9LRI, then WA9LRI and now N5CSU. I’m active on both HF and VHF, using both analog and digital modes.
For more info on ham radio, check out my Get on the Air! page.
There’s more on my ham radio activities on my page on qrz.com.
I also served my country in the US Marine Corps Reserves as a radio telegraph operator.
A Few of my Links
- Talk on Ham Radio and SKYWARN at the Cedar Creek Chamber in 2013
- Video interview on HamRadioNow in Jan 2015 (part 1: 50 years a ham radio guy)
- My video interview on HamRadioNow in Feb 2015 (part 2: Ham Radio and the Internet)
- Interview with the Editor of StarText (1984)
- An article I wrote a looooong ago for 73 Magazine (1980)