For the first two years of my stay in New Guinea, I repaired electrical and mechanical aircraft instruments and timepieces. However, during this period the capabilities of the shop were greatly hampered by the lack of test equipment. I thus designed and built 40+ pieces of equipment that were desperately needed but unavailable from any of the Air Corps Stores. Because this effort allowed our Air Depot to put instrument-grounded fighter planes back into the air, I was awarded the Legion of Merit by General Douglas MacArthur–the military’s highest non-combat medal.During the first part of our stay in New Guinea, there was no entertainment. Drawing on my long time involvement in magic as a hobby, I made equipment from scratch and did a number of magic shows at various bases on the island. At one show, I wowed the boys by stringing the stage from one side to the other with panties and brassieres borrowed from Port Moresby hospital nurses and pulled as a string from a “Levanty” production. The shows were discontinued only when the USO groups finally started arriving. Though rusty at it, I am still fond of palming coins and thimbles.Assigned to our Air Depot were a number of test pilots. However, there were more of them than there were planes to be tested. Thus, some of them finally broke away and formed a squadron of C-47’s for flying cargo between bases. By then, our depot had moved to a Finschhafen and had been absorbed into another group. Because of my ham radio background, I joined the C-47 group and flew as a radio operator during my third and last year in New Guinea. We flew about 200+ hours per month. We were the squadron’s odd-balls-coming and going at all hours of the day and night, never meeting roll-call, sleeping during the day, etc. These flights were to almost every allied held air strip in the Pacific, including many flights to Australia. However, much to my sorrow, my only chance for a flight to New Zealand was canceled because of bad weather.After discharge, I married and enrolled in mechanical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During this period we lived in a village of 125 trailers, created by the university for returning war veterans. I continued to repair watches in our 17-foot trailer home, in which we had a watchmaker’s bench, a 600 Watt ham station, a spinet piano and a rather large safe, and a folding dining table!Following my BS degree I worked at the three atomic plants in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where I spent the first 25 years as a high energy accelerator design engineer. The last 15-years of this period were served as Chief Engineer of the ORIC Cyclotron Project–the world’s first sector focusing (strong focusing) cyclotron. This was followed by another 10-years as a technical writer/editor for the Martin Marietta Corporation’s K-25 Plant’s Safety Analysis effort. During the earlier part of this 35-year period, I also worked part time at watch and clock repair.The advent of Citizens Band Radio in the late 50’s found the Knoxville area lacking people with the FCC 1st or 2nd Radio Telephone licensed required to do transmitter repair work. To fill this need, I spent three evenings per week for over 25 years doing part time CB sales, service, and manufacturing in my home basement. My CB product was a vacuum tube microphone preamplifier, trademarked “The Windjammer”–the first of the microphone preamplifiers. For this work, I had a 14-ton punch press, 8-sets of dies, and worked a 14 man assembly line when assembling a batch of 1000 units.As hobbies, I have done photography (since age eight), skating, tennis, magic, have studied and written in the field of medical hypnosis, have done automotive, aircraft, and lawn mower engine rebuilding, have written poetry, and built and installed many of the early Hi Fi systems. I have rebuilt and ridden motorcycles, restored and flown my own Cessna 140 airplane, collected and restored pocket watches, built clocks, and have written and published six clockmaking books so others could build them, have made four workshop videos and produced them in both VHS and DVD, and have lectured in the field of Horology. I continue to play pocket billiards. I am likely one of the very few who have ever lectured on clockmaking in modern China.