I was born near
the Arctic Circle in Alaska, grew up in Anchorage, and have lived in
Cocoa Beach, FL, Wellesley, MA, Ithaca NY (BSEE Cornell), and Madrid,
Spain during the "transition" from dictatorship to democracy.
After college I
worked on DECsim at Digital Equipment in the SEG/CAD group in Hudson,
MA. That lasted until 1989 when mortgage payments forced me to look
for a new job. I accepted a Field Application Engineer job with a
small simulation company, Gateway Design Automation, but on the day I
joined they merged with Cadence Design Systems. After too many
reorganizations, I packed up and went to Viewlogic which was purchased by
Synopsys in 1997.
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An important part of Scouting is getting outdoors. Tyler and I
climbed Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire. It was a cold,
cloudy day, with ice in the puddles, but we quite warm by the time we
reached the summit.
In July 2006, Roger and I rode stage 11 of the Tour de France, which
went over five mountain passes. The pros completed this in this in 6
hours, but it took us 3 days. This is a shot of Roger and me at the
top of the biggest climb, Col du Tourmalet. Imagine the steepest road
you have seen in the US. Now make it twice as steep, stretch it out
for 10 miles. Throw in some fog, rain, donkeys, and lots of RV's
("camper cars") and you have an idea what we saw that first day. It
was a extremely difficult climb, but the matching jackets helped.
In the summer of 2004, Roger Ninane and I spent a week riding in the
Rocky Mountains, climbing 7 passes. This photo was taken at the top
of Independence Pass (12,000 ft.) near Leadville, Colorado, 7/29/04.
The high point of the week (literally!) was biking up Mt. Evans, over
14,000 ft, though we cheated by starting from the 10,000 ft. The wind
chill at the top was about 25F! The riding was actually not that hard
as most roads were only 6% and I had extra low gearing. As long
as I kept my heart rate out of the stratosphere, all I had to do was
spin, like that classic from Yukon Cornellius, "Just put one foot in
front of the other!" The descents were more challeging. Coming down
Mt. Evans, I was shivering so badly I couldn't steer straight and had
to stop several times. The best was from Loveland Pass back to
Keystone. The road was so well paved and straight that 30mph was
easy, 40mph took just a little pedalling, and I saw 47mph on a steeper
section. My heart rate was higher on the way down than on the climb
In October, 2007, during a trip to Europe, I had a chance to bike in
the Black Forest. I was visiting Thomson in Villigen, and met Volker,
who took me for a 90km ride on German Reunification day through the
beautiful towns such as Schonwald. We spent the afternoon with his
family, relaxing at their home, and comparing Germany and the
USA. Ironically, his son plays American football while my two children
play soccer! Check out more pix.
This is a shot of my family at the Manual Antonio National Park, in
Quepos, Costa Rica. A guide led us through the rain forest on the
edge of the Pacific ocean where we saw howler monkeys, crabs, bats,
two-toed and three toes sloths, coatimundis, and white-faced capuchin
monkeys. Whew! Of course the kids' favorite was the pool! [February
2004] Click on photo to expand.
Here is a great family shot that seems to be at
some Spring event. Tyler must have just won second prize in a
My daughter Allie (Alexandra) is always merry.
Caught here on film on a merry-go-round on Martha's Vineyard on a
Anyone who knows Tyler won't believe this
picture. He always has his mouth open - making a joke, eating
some pasta, laughing until we all crack up, or swallowing his
"precious". He enjoys telling jokes but hates to travel.
Sorry kid - but this family is always on the road.
Here are Tyler, Laura, and Allie in Washington
D.C. for our spring vacation in 2002 Surprisingly, this was at
the start of the vacation, not the end. The oppresive DC
weather had already started to work its magic, turning us all into
walking zombies. The rest of the week went better...
Here are the kids at the
Air & Space Museum. Here the kids pose in front of the Lunar
module. Their great-aunt Amy Spear lead the team at RCA that
developed the radar for mankind's first extra-terrestrial craft.
Where's Ephrim Zimbalis Jr. when you need him?
Here are the kids posing in front of the FBI building during
our Spring Break trip. Never have so few had so much fun in so
Here I am with Tyler and Allie sitting on or in the
reflecting pool at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington D.C.
Tyler is a Cub Scout -
quite the rowdy bunch! Here he is with his buddies Zach and Andrew at
a Lowell Spinners game. The announcer told everyone to
"Scream!" so A and Z are showing off their tonsils.
Allie and I are real
hams - in fact our whole family is! Here we show off for the camera
at Easter dinner. The kid has my looks and my wife's
See more pix on my wife's web
page plus some shots of a
spring 2004 trip to Penang, Malaysia.
Here I am on some of the newest land on Earth. This was taken at the
Volcano National Park on the big island of Hawai'i. The lava beneath
my feet was still cooling from recent eruptions. In the background
you can see a cloud of steam and silica particles from the molton lava
flowing into the Pacific. [December 2002, by Bruce Greene] Click on photo to expand.
Chris, Alex, and Bob on the steps of
the Besakih Temple on Mt. Arun in Bali. We are wearing sari's out of
respect for the temple. We just biked 40 miles up the side of the
volcano through rice paddies, rain forest, and scenic villages. The
return trip featured a great 20 mile downhill run - too bad it left us
at the wrong village! [March 2003] Click on photo to expand.
Here I am in
front of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
The Pan-Mass Challenge was making its
donation to the Jimmy Fund, and we got free access to the field. It
was a beautiful fall day to see a $16 million dollar check. [November
2003] Click on photo to expand.