I was happily employed
by the Marine Corps at HQS, USMC, in Washington, DC, when I received a
commission from the Kentucky Governor as a Kentucky Colonel. This occurred in
October 1985. My Marine buddies immediately tagged me, the ol’ Kunnel. This
honorary colonelcy was the result of my work with the Corps and the WorldWide
Military Command and Control Systems. Needless to say, that work was unique and
its reward was the same. 🙂
You can see more about my
appreciation of all the military services by looking in on my The Military
In deference to my work with the
Marines, I established a Bulletin Board System (BBS) to help them learn
computer network conferencing in my off-time. The Colonel’s BBS ran from mid
1986 until December, 1996. It originally ran on the GT Power Network but, the
advent of InterNet and the World Wide Web soon showed me that the day of the
hobby networks is at an end. So, here we are endeavoring to provide you the
same service on the Web. 8-]
You may wish to visit a few of
the web sites established by GT Power Network Systems Operators (SysOps) and
other Web Authors. You are advised to just turn to GT Power SysOps. From there
you will find links to Other Favorite Links and to my religious friends’
Real name: Robert Eugene Clarke
My friends call me “Bob” and/or “Old Kunnel.”
Born: December 17, 1931 in Wood River Township (Alton), Illinois.
The Piasa Bird (pronounced Pie-a-saw), is a
local legend in the Alton area. Its foundings go back to 1673 when Father
Jacques Marquette, in recording his famous journey down the Mississippi River
with Louis Joliet, described the “Piasa” as a birdlike monster
painted high on the bluffs along the Mississippi River, where the city of
Alton, Illinois now stands.
According to the diary, the Piasa
“was as large as a calf with horns like a deer, red eyes, a beard like a
tiger’s, a face like a man, the body covered with green, red and black scales
and a tail so long it passed around the body, over the head and between the
The creature was given its name by
the Illini Indians, “The Piasa”, meaning a bird that devours men.
There are many legends regarding its
origin. One of the more popular accounts can be found by clicking on the
Piasa’s pretty face….
Oh, I forgot to mention that I
have one brother. He’s younger so, I guess I should call him my “kid”
brother although he’s in his mid-sixties. My brother Bill is on the left side
of your screen here. After a career in the U.S. Air Force he retired as a Major
and, after a period of work in Washington, D.C., he and his family moved to Las
Vegas, Nevada. Now, in Las Vegas, Bill is a realtor and is busily engaged in
real estate sales there.
The following is a note received from Bill. It will give you an understanding
of him and his wife.
Eunice and I had a great time last evening at the Suncoast Hotel Casino. I had
called in to the KNUU radio station with a correct answer and received two
tickets to see “The Lettermen” at the Suncoast. It was a great show
that brought back many memories.
During the show the only remaining member of the original Lettermen came down
into the audience to pick out a man to sing a love song. For some reason I got
the “tap on the shoulder.” As he whispered the words in my ear I sang
to Eunice “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” [Click Here To Hear My
Jukebox Version] Near the end of the song I was directed on stage for a grand
finish. I felt much more comfortable than I would have thought, and was surprised
when the Lettermen kept saying “Bill is not a ringer.”
I’ve sent email to our church choir director, indicating that since I’ll be
coming “direct from a performance at the Sun Coast with The
Lettermen”, I’ll expect an increase in pay.
Just last December Bill and Eunice (Mrs. William W. Clarke) attended a
Christmas Party among the other real estate people there. Bill and Eunice have
been married now these past 46 some years. Eunice is busily in engaged in
selling her book. She has written a four hundred page tome on the caring of
those with Alzheimer’s. Sadly, her mother suffered this illness. Eunice has
written on caring for her mother until she died.
The Ol’Kunnel and His
Best Friend, Cooper, became the Ol’Kunnel’s best buddy in April, 1994, at the
age of about four. This photo was taken on December 25, 1995. He’s handsome,
he’s smart, and he still likes to sit on the Ol’Kunnel’s lap. “I wouldn’t
take a million dollars for Cooper but, I wouldn’t pay ten cents for another
just like him.” Says the Ol’Kunnel.
We like to consider December 17th
as Cooper’s birthday. The veterinarian has him as being born in 1990 so we
celebrate his birthday along with the Old Kunnel’s. Here we have one of
Cooper’s favorite activities. The Ol’Kunnel’s says, “Look out and see if
any Indians are coming, Cooper.” (grin) At Christmas, we like to think he
is checking to see if Santa Claus is landing on the front lawn. Merry Christmas
to all and to all a good night!
The photo on the left is of the
Ol’Kunnel taken by his Dad on May 15, 1941. At that time he lived on a farm
near Edwardsville, Illinois and attended the one-room school pictured on the
“School Daze” page. ~Click Here~.
I went on to finish grade school
and high school in St. Louis, Missouri. I joined the U.S. Air Force in December
of 1950 after graduating from high school in June. The Air Force sent me to
France, August 1951. From there I was posted to Selfridge AFB, Michigan circa
September 1954. Then I shipped out to Rome, Italy in August 1956. Subsequently,
I was posted to Naples, Italy in September, 1958. From Italy I returned
Stateside to Hollywood, California in July 1960. Then, to Alexandria, Virginia
in December, 1961 where I met my Lady, Lorraine.
My Sweet Lorraine We were married
on November 2nd, 1962. I was discharged from the Air Force in 1964. I attended
the Business School at The American University in Washington DC; graduated with
a B.S. in Business Administration in 1970. I have worked as supermarket
manager, Food Nutrition Specialist, and Program Analyst; retiring as such March
Back in the old days when I was a
GT SysOp interested in ANSI graphics, the ol’Kunnel submitted a round
“tuit” for the consideration of the users of the International ANSI
Art Conference. Since I can’t reproduce that here for y’all, I will use the one
from Corfu Corfman, the leader of The Club. You can find more on “round
tuits” and The Club at Cory’s Corner. The Ol’Kunnel promises you a