Robert L. Kesselring
Robert Kesselring was born in January of 1950 in Sioux City, Iowa. His family moved to the Phoenix area of Arizona, and after high school he enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War. He later graduated from SMU with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Math Minor. Kesselring worked for Honeywell, Digital Equipment Company and Raytheon in the course of his career, but is now semi-retired and running a small business.
I received a copy of Barry Storm's Thunder Gods Gold from an aunt in 1963. I still have it. I studied it for years. I made several day hikes into the Superstitions filled with wonder.
I volunteered for Vietnam after high school graduation because my draft number was coming up and if I volunteered, I could pick my training. I selected computer repair. I was taught to repair and design electronics by NASA in Redstone Arsenal. I could hear them test firing Saturn rocket engines while I was resting or doing homework. I then studied military computer design and repair at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Out of 115 of us, 13 graduated. When I arrived in Vietnam, I was given a Secret Clearance, and my assignment. At night, when done working, I had guard duty and often discussed the legends I’d studied about the Superstitions with my guard partners.
Return Home: Work, Family and Education
Once home, I camped and rockhounded while I pursued a career in electronics. I started a family. I got interested in lasers. I saw the microPC trend coming and left Honeywell for Digital Equipment Corporation. I taught holography as a student at Arizona State University while I pursued an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. I maintained and repaired lasers of all colors. I was asked to write a calibration procedure as mine was very fast and accurate. Due to my contributions, I was elected and accepted as a member of Sigma Xi. When funds for college ran out, I took work appraising experiments submitted to a non-profit organization. That's how I met W.W. Caruth of Dallas.
I was given a scholarship by W.W. Caruth of Dallas, Texas to pursue and complete my degree. My thesis was patented. Its subject was how to emulate myelinated neurons of mammals (people). I had built a prototype that could operate like human neurons on the surface of the brain. They could be trained. The National Science Foundation offered to continue the research to build implantable devices but funding was short and it didn’t happen. During my graduate work I helped the Texas Women’s University of Denton Texas obtain a grant for research on mammalian neurons. In return they offered me a doctoral program towards neuroscience but I declined.
After graduation in 1989, I was hired by Texas Instruments as a test engineer due to my experience as a test technician with Honeywell and Digital Equipment Corporation. As my experience grew I was given the opportunity to design radar circuits required for accurate imagery. This led to many other future opportunities. Among them I was awarded another patent for the mathematical solution for improving missile radar accuracy for use with fiberglass radomes.
I am now retired, as of October 2013. My wife Lynda and I run a quilting business together. We have a Statler Stitcher made by Gammil and a twelve foot table so we can make king size quilts.
I am a photographer of wildlife for a hobby. I collect rocks and minerals. I am a Historical Archeologist by nature but I do not dig. I explore.
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At the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold. Parked at the base of the Panamint Mountains are the remains of Ballarat, California. Founded in 1876 as a supply center for gold mines and prospectors, Ballarat lasted 21 years. After the post office closed in 1970, Ballarat became home for two famous rainbow chasers: Shorty Harris and Seldom Seen Slim. Learn more about these colorful prospectors, and the ghost town of Ballarat in this video.
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