About the Book
There are many good and inspiring stories of the famous among us;
Athletes such as Tom Brady, Steve Young, Michael Jordan, Bill Belichick.
Rock stars and entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen and Gene Wilder.
Political leaders such as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Barack Obama.
And computer programmers – what!!?
That brings me to me and my story.
Those mentioned above have certainly achieved more fame, fortune and glory than I, but I think what you may find in many of the stories is a sort of sameness. Growing up in a small town – passion – football … football … football … basketball … basketball … basketball … and on and on.
Music – writing it, performing it … writing it, performing it ... writing it, performing it … and on and on … Which is all well and good, and we all enjoy these stories of inspiration, struggle and success. I myself am currently editing the life story of a rather prominent college and NFL football personality. And did I mention passion?
But a computer programmer – who cares?
Growing up in a small town – yup, Butte Montana, a rough and tumble mining town.
Passion – yup, in a variety of areas and life experiences; faith, technology, family, an African mission farm, travel, writing, blogging, Navy, politics ...
Career – yup, programming ... programming … and more programming. But here’s where I got to be part of and witness to some very interesting and significant things and the people associated with them.
• How do you talk to a submerged submarine?
• An automated warehouse for distribution of Caterpillar parts worldwide.
• The Navy-Air Force Tom Cruise “Top Gun” training system – training the best fighter pilots in the world.
• Leveraging the advancement of computer technology into continual upgrades of the Top Gun system – from 4 aircraft to 100 aircraft today … and more.
• Learning and applying state-of-the-art software development technology – thank you Bill Gates!
And lots of pictures throughout.
So give it a try.
Don Johnson was raised in Butte, Montana and joined the Navy in 1964 at 20 years of age. Following his years of active duty, including a tour to the Vietnam war zone in 1966, he finished college with a degree in mathematics from San Diego State University and entered the field of software development. Don's connection with the Navy did not end at the completion of his enlistment. For many years after his destroyer assignments he was a software developer at Cubic Defense Systems, slinging code for the US Navy & Air Force Tactical Aircrew Combat Training System (TACTS/ACMI), the premier online training system for US and allied combat aircrews. Don has an active blog at "http://ayearningforpublius.wordpress.com/" writing about politics, faith, culture and science ... things that should never be talked about in polite company. Don has also written a short story "The Old in Apartment 620" also available here.