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Doug Korns

     We�re pleased to have with us today Doug Korns. Doug, it was good to see and visit with you at the reunion this past June. We�re glad that you�ve agreed to share a little bit about your life since graduation. Where are you living now and what is your current occupation?

     I LIVE AT 1386 HILLCREST COURT IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, AND AM CURRENTLY A QUALITY ENGINEER FOR APPLE COMPUTER.

     Tell us a little bit about your family, Doug.

     I�VE BEEN MARRIED TO JEANNE TOULOUSE-KORNS SINCE 1985. WE HAVE ONE SON � JEFFREY (AGE 6), WHO IS IN THE FIRST GRADE. OUR ONLY PET IS A GOLDFISH, "MR. FISH," WHO IS STILL ALIVE AT AGE 3.

     What previous jobs have you had?

     I�VE BEEN A PROGRAMMER AND IN TECHNICAL SUPPORT.

     Doug, tell us about what you have been doing for the past 37 years.

     AFTER GRADUATING FROM COLONEL WHITE, I RECEIVE A B. S. IN MATH FROM CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIVERSITY.

     IN MY SPARE TIME, I ENJOY FREESTYLE FRISBEE, COMPUTERS, BICYCLING, BRIDGE, SNOW SKIING, HIKING, STAMP COLLECTING AND WATCHING TV.

     I�VE ALSO TAKEN SOME MEMORABLE TRIPS. WE SPENT A WEEK IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA IN 2002; AND I DID A FIVE-WEEK HIKING TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL PARKS IN 1998 (AN APPLE SABBATICAL). IN 1992, WE TOOK A WEEK-LONG CRUISE IN THE CARRIBEAN. FOR OUR HONEYMOON IN 1985, WE HAD A TWO-WEEK TOUR OF UTAH�S NATIONAL PARKS. WE�VE ALSO HAD A THREE-WEEK CRUISE/CAMPING TRIP IN ALASKA (1980), CLIMBED MT. RAINIER AND MT. WHITNEY (BOTH OVER 14,000 FEET), ATTENDED THE MONTREAL OLYMPICS (1976), HAVE HIKED SECTIONS OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL AND VISITED SOME FORTY NATIONAL PARKS THROUGHOUT THE U. S. AND CANADA. I ALSO GOT A CITATION FOR ILLEGAL CAMPING ON TOP OF MT. KATAHDIN IN MAINE.

     Your travels have taken you all over the world, Doug. Can you tell us about some of your work assignments?

     WHEN I GOT OUT OF COLLEGE, I WANTED TO GO TO CALIFORNIA, BUT COULDN�T FIND A JOB OUT THERE. I DECIDED TO TAKE A JOB WITH PRATT-WHITNEY AIRCRAFT (30,000 EMPLOYEES) IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT FOR SEVERAL REASONS: ONE, NEW ENGLAND IS VERY BEAUTIFUL; TWO I DIDN�T WANT TO GET TIED TO A SINGLE COMPUTER COMPANY LIKE IBM OR UNIVAC; AND THREE, BECAUSE I COULD GET A DEFENSE DEFERMENT FROM THE DRAFT DURING THE VIETNAM WAR ERA. MY NUMBER EVENTUALLY CAME UP AND I HAD TO REPORT FOR A PHYSICAL. I�D HAD SOME KNEE SURGERY AFTER COLLEGE AND WAS DEFERRED ON THAT BASIS. I WORKED THERE UNTIL 1976, WHEN THE CALIFORNIA CALL FINALLY CAME FROM A YOUNG (1,500 EMPLOYEES) UPSTART COMPANY CALLED AMDAHL, WHICH MOVED ME TO SILICON VALLEY AND GAVE ME LOTS OF TRAINING ON IBM MAINFRAME OPERATING SYSTEMS (VM & MVS).

     IN 1981, I DECIDED TO GO FOR MORE ADVENTURE AND TRY AN EVEN SMALLER COMPANY. I JOINED MASSTOR SYSTEM (ONLY 150 EMPLOYEES) AND WAS ASKED TO WORK ON AN ASSIGNMENT WITH SHELL OIL IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. I MAINTAINED MY CALIFORNIA RESIDENCE, LIVING IN AN APARTMENT IN HOUSTON DURING THE WEEK FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS. IT WAS ONE OF MY MOST PRODUCTIVE PERIODS OF WRITING CODE FOR COMPUTERS. IT ALSO TURNED OUT TO BE MY FIRST SIX-FIGURE INCOME YEAR!

     IN 1986, FIVE KEY PEOPLE LEFT MASSTOR TO FORM THEIR OWN COMPANY, CALLED AURORA COMPUTERS, AND INVITED ME TO BE EMPLOYEE NUMBER SIX. THIS JOB ASSIGNMENT ALSO INVOLVED CONSTANT TRAVEL. THIS TIME, I LIVED IN AN APARTMENT IN PHOENIX DURING THE WEEK, WHILE WORKING ON A CONTRACT WITH INTEL.

     IN 1987, I GOT MY FIRST PERSONAL COMPUTER�A MACINTOSH II. UP TO THAT TIME, ALL MY EMPLOYMENT HAD BEEN WORKING ON LARGE IBM MAINFRAMES. BY 1988, I WAS BECOMING MORE INTERESTED IN SMALLER COMPUTERS; SO I TOOK A JOB WITH TOUCH COMMUNICATIONS, WHERE I WAS ABLE TO BLEND MY PAST MAINFRAME SKILLS WITH SMALL COMPUTERS AND DO SOME �C� PROGRAMMING.

     FINALLY IN 1991, I GOT A GREAT JOB WITH APPLE COMPUTER. MY WIFE WAS ALREADY WORKING THERE. AS HAPPENED WITH PAST JOBS, APPLE ASKED US BOTH TO MOVE TO AUSTIN, TEXAS TO HELP START UP A NEW U. S. TECHNICAL SUPPORT CENTER. WE SOLD OUR HOUSE IN CALIFORNIA, NOT KNOWING WHETHER WE WOULD RETURN. WE WERE BOTH VERY SUCCESSFUL IN AUSTIN; AND AFTER TWO YEARS, WE�RE BOTH STILL WITH APPLE AND HAPPY TO BE BACK IN CALIFORNIA.

     IN 2000, I ACCEPTED A POSITION IN APPLE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (MAC OS) WITH THE APPLESCRIPT TEAM. IT�S PRETTY MUCH MY IDEAL JOB.

     You�ve traveled a lot with your career, Doug. Tell us about what you�ve been doing with your leisure time.

     WHILE IN COLLEGE, I LEARNED TO PLAY BRIDGE AND PLAYED A LOT OF IT�. DURING LUNCH, IN THE EVENING, SOMETIMES EVEN INSTEAD OF GOING TO CLASS. AFTER GRADUATION, I FOUND ANOTHER AVID PLAYER AND WENT TO A FEW TOURNAMENTS, EARNING A FEW MASTER POINTS. I STILL LOVE THE GAME BUT NOW I MOSTLY JUST READ THE DAILY BRIDGE COLUMN IN THE NEWSPAPER TO KEEP SHARP.

     AFTER I GOT OUT OF COLLEGE, I ALSO DEVELOPED AN INTEREST IN VOLLEYBALL. I WAS STARTING TO PLAY PRETTY SERIOUSLY AND THOUGHT THE COMPETITION WOULD BE BETTER IN CALIFORNIA, WHERE MOST OF THE

     STRONG TEAMS WERE. THAT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THE COMPELLING REASONS THAT I WANTED TO MOVE TO CALIFORNIA, ALONG WITH THE SUN, SAND, SURF AND SEX DREAMS!

     AFTER MOVING TO CALIFORNIA, I STARTED PLAYING ULTIMATE FRISBEE AND DISC GOLF. I HELPED FORM A GROUP OF LOCAL DISC GOLFERS, KNOWN AS "THE FLYING DEUCES," WHO HAVE BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER FOR 25 YEARS. [http://www.flyingdeuces.org] A SHORT WHILE LATER, I SAW A POSTER FOR A FRISBEE TOURNAMENT. WELL, I HAD PLAYED ALL THROUGH COLLEGE AND COULD CATCH A FRISBEE UNDER MY LEG AND BEHIND MY BACK, SO I THOUGHT I KNEW A LOT ABOUT FRISBEE. WOW! DID I HAVE MY EYES OPENED BY WHAT I SAW AT THAT TOURNAMENT. I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE MANEUVERS THAT PEOPLE WERE DOING WITH A DISC. THAT WAS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR ME, AS I THOUGHT, "BOY, DO I WANT TO LEARN TO DO THAT." THAT WAS 1978, AND I�VE BEEN PLAYING COMPETITIVELY EVER SINCE. MY FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN WAS 1983 IN SAN DIEGO AT AGE 36. MY MOST SUCCESSFUL TOURNAMENT WAS THIS YEAR IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, WHERE I TOOK FIRST PLACE IN FREESTYLE, ACCURACY AND DOUBLE-DISC COURT FOR THE OVER 55 FOLKS! [http://www.dtworld.com/Senior%20History.html]

     ANOTHER HOBBY I�VE TAKEN UP IS HOME AUTOMATION. THIS MAINLY INVOLVES HAVING LIGHTS TURN ON AS YOU WALK AROUND THE HOUSE, MAKING SURE THE GARAGE DOOR WASN�T LEFT OPEN AND ALSO LETTING YOU KNOW WHEN SENSORS NEED THEIR BATTERIES REPLACED. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT IT AT MY FAMILY WEB PAGE. [http://members.aol.com/DougK]

     Doug, you�ve really accomplished a lot! Please tell us about your parents and siblings.

     DAD (85) AND MOM (82) ARE NOW LIVING IN KETTTERING, OHIO. MY SISTER NANCY (54) LIVES IN DALLAS, TEXAS; CAROL (52) LIVES IN ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA. MY BROTHER DAVID (47) LIVES IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

     Doug, what would you say you have accomplished?

     AFTER COLLEGE, I GOT INTO MENSA. I HAVE A MORTGAGE-FREE HOME IN SAN JOSE, A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE AND STILL HAVE EXCELLENT HEALTH. I�VE BEEN SEVEN-TIME WORLD FRISBEE FREESTYLE CHAMPION IN THE OVER 35 AGE DIVISIONS.

     With all you�ve accomplished, Doug, do you have any regrets?

     I WOULD STILL LIKE TO TRAVEL THE WORLD TO VISIT MORE NATIONAL PARKS.

     Do you think that your job and life are where you thought they would be when you were in high school? Why or why not?

     WHEN I WENT TO COLLEGE, I REALLY WASN�T SURE WHAT KIND OF JOB I WOULD END UP WITH; I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN ELECTRONICS AND HOW THINGS WORKED.

     If you could start over, would you or would you not make the same choices as the first time around? Why or why not? What you would do differently?

     I THINK THE EVENT THAT HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON MY LIFE WAS AN OFFER TO TAKE AN INTRODUCTORY COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CLASS IN MY FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE (FALL OF 1965). I DIDN�T QUITE "GROK ALGOL" AT FIRST. THE SECOND SEMESTER CLASS WAS AN ASSEMBLER LANGUAGE PROGRAMMING CLASS FOR IBM 360, AND IT SUDDENLY ALL CLICKED INTO PLACE AS TO HOW COMPUTERS DO WHAT THEY DO. I ENDED UP SWITCHING MY MAJOR FROM ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TO MATHEMATICS SO I COULD TAKE MORE PROGRAMMING CLASSES. I ALSO WORKED AT THE COMPUTER CENTER, HELPING OTHERS WITH THEIR PROGRAMMING PROBLEMS. THIS LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL MY FUTURE JOBS. I DON�T KNOW WHERE I�D BE IF THIS HADN�T HAPPENED. COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD TO ME.

     What are some memories of your favorite teachers and classes at Colonel White?

     I ENJOYED GEOMETRY WITH MR. BUSHONG. I LOVED DWIGHT�S HUMOROUS, FUN-LOVING INTERACTION WITH STUDENTS AT THE BLACKBOARD. HIS ARMS AROUND THE STUDENTS� SHOULDERS WOULD PROBABLY RAISE EYEBROWS TODAY, BUT IT SEEMED TO WORK BACK THEN. HE TAUGHT ME LOGIC AND A LOVE OF HIGHER MATH.

     MRS. WILLIAMSON WAS ADVISOR TO THE HONOR SOCIETY, AND WE WORKED TOGETHER DAILY ON THE MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS. I TRIED TO DELIVER DRY MATERIAL SO THAT IT SOUNDED INTERESTING AND WAS DONE IN PROPER ENGLISH.

     I REMEMBER MISS WALLACE, A COUNSELOR. LUCY WORKED WITH ME AND GAVE ME OPPORTUNITIES TO LEAD AND EXCEL.

     MY FAVORITE CLASSES WERE MATH AND ADVANCED CHEMISTRY. I HAD MISS HENDRICKS FOR TRIG, ADVANCED ALGEBRA AND CALCULUS. MAGGIE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH ADVANCED MATH AND INSTILLED A LOVE FOR ALL THINGS MATH-RELATED. MATHEMATICS IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL SCIENCES. MR. NUNEMACHER�S DOUBLE PERIOD CHEMISTRY CLASS WAS A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET INTO THE CLASS. I DIDN�T HAVE TO TAKE ANY CHEMISTRY CLASSES IN COLLEGE!

     DURING LATIN CLASS WITH MRS. HOOVER, SHE CHALLENGED ME TO DO MY BEST AND LAID AN INVALUABLE FOUNDATION FOR UNDERSTANDING WORD ORIGINS. I REMEMBER HAVING TO DISAPPOINT HER WHEN I SCORED REALLY HIGH ON A PRELIMINARY ACHIEVEMENT TEST, AND I HAD TO TELL HER I WASN�T TAKING THE NEXT TEST BECAUSE I COULD ONLY TAKE TWO FINAL TESTS AND WAS CHOOSING THE MATH AND SCIENCE TESTS.

     ALTHOUGH MR. BARKER (CHEMISTRY) AND MR. FAUL (PHYSICS) SEEMED NOT TO HAVE MUCH RESPECT FROM THE STUDENTS, I LEARNED A LOT FROM THEM.

     MY VENTURE INTO THE PRACTICAL ARTS (WITH MR. TAYLOR, MR. SEFTON AND MR. LEMBRIGHT) TAUGHT ME USEFUL SKILLS FOR THE REAL WORLD. MY MOM AND I STILL HAVE PROJECTS I MADE IN THOSE CLASSES.

     Doug, what were some of your favorite activities and friends at Colonel White?

     MY MOST VIVID MEMORY IS GETTING TO SCHOOL EARLY TO PREPARE FOR READING THE MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS. THE SUMMER BEFORE, I�D SPENT HOURS AT THE NEARBY LIBRARY, COLLECTING A COUPLE HUNDRED SAYINGS AND QUOTES FOR USE AS A THOUGHT-FOR-THE-DAY TO WRAP UP EACH MORNING�S ANNOUNCEMENTS. THIS WAS TO BE MY PERSONAL TOUCH TO THE MORNING READING. I HAD PERHAPS 175 POIGNANT THOUGHTS AND SOME LESS SOLID ONES THAT GOT USED AT THE END OF MY TERM. ONE MORNING, I READ ONE THAT WAS SLIGHTLY RISQUE OR OFF-COLOR; I DON�T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS. AS SOON AS I SWITCHED OFF THE MICROPHONE, MRS. WILLIAMSON WAS SLIGHTLY FLABBERGASTED AT MY THOUGHT. SHE SAID, "I THINK YOU�D BETTER LET ME REVIEW YOUR MORNING THOUGHT FROM NOW ON." I THINK EVERYTHING ELSE PASSED HER SCREENING, BUT I FELT BAD THAT I HAD SLIPPED A LITTLE ON HER TRUST LEVEL.

     AT SOME POINT DURING HIGH SCHOOL, I REALIZED THAT I HAD BEEN SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME DEVELOPING MY BRAIN AND NOT ENOUGH ON MY BODY. I TOOK UP RUNNING ON THE CROSS COUNTRY TEAM, WHICH HELPED DEVELOP MY LEGS AND STAMINA. I CONTINUED RUNNING CROSS COUNTRY IN COLLEGE FOR FOUR YEARS AS WELL. LOOKING BACK, I THINK ALL THAT RUNNING TOOK A TOLL ON MY KNEES; AND NOW I DON�T RUN MUCH AT ALL.

     I ALSO DEVELOPED AN INTEREST IN THE PARALLEL BARS AND RINGS IN GYM CLASS. I GOT PROFICIENT ENOUGH THAT I BECAME A GYM AIDE, DEMONSTRATING AND HELPING THE YOUNGER CLASSES. ALL THE AIDES WOULD HANG AROUND AFTER CLASS AND PLAY BASKETBALL OR HAVE TO OURSELVES WHATEVER EQUIPMENT WAS OUT. GYM WAS AN EVERY DAY CLASS FOR THE AIDES.

     MY MAIN BUDS WERE MARTY HASLANGER AND HOWARD KRISHER. THE THREE OF US LIVED WITHIN A FEW BLOCKS OF EACH OTHER AND SHARED TIME OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM AS WELL. WE WORKED TOGETHER AS A PSEUDO TRIUMVIRATE, SINCE WE EACH HEADED UP ONE OF THE THREE MAJOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS.

     MY AFTER SCHOOL CHESS PAL WAS MIKE BRIGNER. WE WOULD PLAY FOUR OR FIVE GAMES IN THE CAFETERIA AFTER SCHOOL. WE�D RECHARGE OURSELVES WITH SOME MILK FROM THE MACHINE. MIKE GRADUATED EARLY, IN THREE YEARS.

     I REMEMBER SO MUCH CAMARADERIE AND COMPETITION WITH MANY PEOPLE IN MY CLASSES. THERE�S A BUNCH OF PEOPLE THAT I�D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO: SUSAN WEISGRAM, BEN RYTERBAND, BURT KRIEGER, HERBERT KRITZER, BOB BECKER AND STEVE RUBIN.

     ON WEEKENDS, GOING TO FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL GAMES WAS A MUST-DO. SITTING UNDER THE STARS AT ISLAND PARK BAND SHELL WAS A FREQUENT ACTIVITY. I REMEMBER SLOW DANCING AND THE BIG EVENTS.

     What are your future plans, Doug? Will you be retiring soon?

     I DIDN�T THINK I WOULD HAVE CHILDREN BUT BECAME A FATHER AT AGE FIFTY. NOW I�M HOPING TO LAST LONG ENOUGH TO SEE THIS GUY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE. RETIREMENT SEEMS CLOSE BUT OUT OF REACH. I�VE TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF A CAREER CHANGE TO HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHER, BUT I WONDER IF I COULD DEAL WITH TODAY�S KIDS.

     Doug, it has been great having you share your memories with us. Thanks for taking the time to reminisce and to tell us about your life now. Do you have any words of wisdom, comments or messages for our classmates?

     "WORK HARD. PLAY HARDER. GIVE ALL THE LOVE YOU HAVE TO THOSE AROUND YOU. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND EACH OTHER. (JERRY SPRINGER)

     Well, that's about it. Again, thanks Doug for sharing a little of your life with us. I hope that you have enjoyed your stay. Don't forget, that very soon, we will have another exciting interview to share with you. Until then this is....

Carol Flinspach Yinger

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