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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2005 1:46 am 
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Cool thread!

Computer Programmer/Analyst/Tester/Debugger/Report Writer/Engineer. My wife thinks I prefer the software to her! hehehe

May Dad in the Air Force married a nurse in Oz, Topeka, Kansas, while he was at Forbes, AFB.

1st Set of Wakeman's born away from Fairield, CT, where the clan is from.

1st three board games Midway, Wooden Ships & Iron Men, Squad Leader. Cannot remember which I got 1st. Maybe Jutland? hehehe

1st Computer, Apple IIe, my little brother had the Commodore, had to show him up.

Whole history of family in military from revolution thru 2nd Gulf War.

Hell, even a couple of Wakeman women joined up as men! Sara Rosetta.

Working now with World Vision Australia. (Wife's Australian)

Most of the lefties working there really hate me, either because I am an American or because I love the military.

I really miss Taco Bell, Red Lobster, and Outback Steakhouse. Go figure! Cannot find a decent steakhouse in Australia. Lone Star Steakhouse just closed their doors. ugh!

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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="3" face="book antiqua" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by PAW1860</i>
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I really miss Taco Bell, Red Lobster, and Outback Steakhouse. Go figure! Cannot find a decent steakhouse in Australia. Lone Star Steakhouse just closed their doors. ugh!
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Col. Wakeman,

I am so-o-o disappointed. From all the commercials, I thought Outback Steakhouse WAS an Australian outfit! [:(]

But then again, I thought Taco Bell was a Mexican restaurant and Pizza Hut was Italian. Obviously, I need to get out more [:D]!


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LGen 'Dee Dubya' Mallory

David W. Mallory
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Ah, the Power of US Marketing!

Well, suffice to say, almost every chain in Oz is from US. Only Red Rooster and few other samll fast food are Australian.

We have Friday's and Lone Star Steakhouse (which just closed).

We have a few local Mexican chains - Taco Bill, but it sucks. Nachos and Nandos (Potuguese theme).

I miss the Bennigan's, Apple Bees, Cheesecake Factory. Chi-Chi's, and any place that makes a Philly Cheesesteak!

Here, no chains, but plenty of good Italian & Greek places.

Melbourne has a continental Eurpoe flair.

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I work in an accounting department for a financial institution. A decent job if you don't mind sitting at a desk all day.

I got my start in wargaming in the early 90s with Avalon Hill's Great Campaigns of the Civil War boardgames (Here Come the Rebels, Stonewall Jackson's Way, etc). Then I got a computer. After playing some of the old SSI games (good games, bad graphics) I discovered the Talonsoft games on sale. After tiring of playing the AI I found our club on the internet.

Like Scott Ludwig I also reside in New York State but not NYC. I live a few miles away from Revolutionary War sites Fort Stanwix and Oriskany.

Lt.Colonel Dale Lastowicka
1st "Adirondack" Division
XXV Corps
Army of the James
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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="3" face="book antiqua" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by dalelast</i>
<br />Like Scott Ludwig I also reside in New York State but not NYC. I live a few miles away from Revolutionary War sites Fort Stanwix and Oriskany.

Lt.Colonel Dale Lastowicka
1st "Adirondack" Division
XXV Corps
Army of the James
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Hey Dale your in the heart of Rev. War country in NYS!! Between Rome and Utica leading to the fun part of the state and shall I say breath taking too the Adirondacks...no I didn't mean Albany!! Hehehe!! [:D][:D]

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Where do I start? I was raised in Wink Texas with Roy Orbison and Wahoo McDaniel. I went to Robert E Lee High School in Midland Texas with Laura Bush. I played a duet with Doc Severinson on our school band spring concert. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two wonderful children, a daughter who is a paramedic in Austin, TX and a son who is graduating fom high school this year. I was a band director in public schools for 23 years and served in the US Army reserves as a field artillery officer for 13 years. After losing my hearing to those two careers I switched over and started teaching computer science and Cisco Networking. I actually retired from teaching for two years and went to work in Houston for a network servicing company and was working at the Enron Building downtown when they bit the dust. I decided to go back into teaching and am now teaching computer science and Cisco Networking in a small town just north of Corpus Christi.

I started off with the Avlon Hill games. Midway was first and then the 1963 version of Gettysburg. I have most of my board games still with several of them still unpunched. My favorites were Miday, Gettysburg, Blitzkrieg, and Battle of the Bulge. I discovered this club and got involved a little over two years ago. I have had the privelege of playing many wonderful people and meeting some in person last year at Antietam when I made my dream trip to Gettysburg and walked Picket's charge on July 2nd. It was an undescribable feeling to walk over that ground knowing what happened there in 1863. Even more inspiring was the climb up to the undeveloped battleground at McDowell and standing where the 12th Ga. made their stand on Sittlington Hill. I was completely alone there and walking that area visualizing Jackson and Milroy's troops squaring off on that hilltop was something I will always remember. I am looking forward to Richmond this summer and hope to meet many of you there.

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Retired Army, now postal worker. Board wargames '60's to 80's.
Computer wargames 80's to present. On www.theblitz.org since May '99 and one of the first half dozen folks on their civil war ladder when it was created in Sept '99. Live in PA not far from Gettysburg.

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Where to start?

I was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1959 where my parents were attending university. My parents worked for the US government (not the military) so we moved around a bit. I graduated from high school in Lincoln, Nebraska.

My start in gaming was in a club at boarding school with AH/SPI games at age 13. My hobbies include target archery (Olympic style not 3D) and motorcycles. I started playing with the club this past spring.

I served 12 years active duty (leaving active duty during the drawdown in '92) and turned into a reservist. I'm currently a Lt Col in the Air Force Reserves.

I'm working as a defense contractor at a shared RAF/ USAF base in North Yorkshire, England but have worked as a contractor in Australia and Germany before moving here. I haven't lived in the States since '89 but am probably returning to the US this summer due to staff changes on the contract I work on. If anyone knows of a good job for someone with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Computer Engineering please let me know.

Chuck Berdanier
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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="3" face="book antiqua" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by caberdanier</i>
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Sir, would that be Menwith Hill near Harrogate, the one with the giant 'golf balls'? I live in York myself, not too far away from there.

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Yes sir it is. I've been surprised by the number of people within the club who say they're from York or Yorkshire. Perhaps a local gathering would be welcome at a village hall for a multiplayer game would be an idea worth investigating.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:31 am 
Fascinating thread; thanks for starting/contributing to it, y'all.

5th-generation Californian; great-great-grandparents were living in the Gold Country (Sierra Nevada foothills, Calaveras County) during the ACW, apparently not involved in the war in any way; also a 4th-generation citizen of the People's Republic of Santa Cruz, which my teenage daughters think is quaint. The rest of the ancestors came to the US in the early 1900s, from Ireland and Croatia.

No military service for me; I was exempt from the Vietnam draft (4-G), passed on an appt to West Point, got my undergrad degree here in the SF Bay Area, went to law school in DC, and spent some time doing national politics.

I finally got sick of lawyers and ideologues, came home to Silicon Valley and learned to program water-cooled computers when state-of-the-art storage was an 8.5 inch floppy. I've been designing and building telecomm systems for 20+ years. The first product I worked on transported data at 9.6Kbps, while the current project I'm on runs about 2 billion times faster; in the '80's, a product helped build was (for a little while) *the* backbone of the Internet (NSFNet).

I got into ACW gaming with A-H's 1963 version of Gettysburg when I was a kid, and came back to it when I got the Talonsoft version for the PC a few years ago. In between was a very eerie visit to Devils Den at Gettysburg. I joined the ACWGC 2 yrs ago when beating the AI play solitaire was no longer a challenge, but didn't start playing regularly until about 3 months ago.

I'm not really interested in non-ACW games. I've tried TOAW and some of the other WWII games, but they just don't do it. For me, it's all about the history of the period, not just the game-play.

Lt. Col. Dan'l Murphy
1st Calif. Volunteers
The Bear Flag Rangers
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