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 Services page.
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’ websites.
Real name: Robert Eugene Clarke My friends call me “Bob” and/or “Old Kunnel.” Born: December 17, 1931 in Wood River Township (Alton), Illinois.
Back in the day I was in the business of carpet cleaning | Extreme Carpet & Tile and really enjoyed all that work. A lot of hands on work is soothing and calms my soul. In the marines we learned the basics and so I decided to start a business.
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 legs.”
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 book was all about remodeling and how moving things around in your home can ease anxiety. When you love your interior design you will naturally be in a positive mood. A great company to help in this avue would be Buffalo Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling. When it comes to bathrooms and kitchens they are number one.
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 1989. Whats crazy is before all this i was also working at a junk removal company in Buffalo. NY has its benefits but not for me. You can find out more here: https://g.page/junk-removal-buffalo?share
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 positive delight.