Born and raised in Arizona. Joined Air Force in the waning days of Vietnam War. Served 8 1/2 years stateside and in Alaska as a Radar and Satellite tracking technician. Afterward, I worked in the semi-conductor industry and computer maintenance industry for a short time. Later, I did some commerical Salmon fishing in Alaska, before I started a career at an oil refinery near Kenai, Alaska. In 2009 I took an early retirement to make a move to Washington state to be close to family. I have been investing on my own for many years. In the past I invested mainly in mutual funds. Now I use mostly individual stocks and ETF's. I closely follow many of the Dividend Growth Investor authors on this site.