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Curriculum Vitæ

Work Experience
2009-Sept 2020 JCPenney: System Senior Specialist, Creative Marketing Technology with responsibility for internal app and database development, graphic design automation etc.
2000-2009 Project Manager under contract to JCPenney with responsibility for Coop Management Database Development and support, Graphic Design Automation (for Print advertising, Business Card System etc.) and programming mainly in C++ (Acrobat plugins etc.), AppleScript (especially dynamic creation of scripts from databases), JavaScript, php etc.

1989-2000 Cornell University, Manager of Publications Computing, with responsibility for the success of microcomputer based publishing in a networked environment; including decision making on hardware and software, budget preparation, technical support, training & documentation, and custom database design and programming for Publications Services, University Photography, Communication Strategies, News Service, Media Services, and the university at large.

1987-89 Nazareth College of Rochester, sole microcomputer specialist

1986-87 Rochester Institute of Technology, senior technical associate in the Graphic Design Department, with responsibility for directing the Graphic Arts Media Center and for Genigraphics and Artronics computer rooms

1985-86 Spencerport School District part-time teacher (Introductory Computer Programming, Physics and an adult evening class, Introduction to Computers) at Wilson High School

1981-85 City School District, Rochester -
Summer '84 commercial art teacher (instructing in photography, journalism, design & paste-up) — Fall '83-June '85 substitute teacher (Fall '83 to Summer '84 permanently assigned as math teacher, School Without Walls) — Summer '83 and Summer '82 commercial art teacher — Summer '81 Full time Youth Tutoring Youth group leader — Spring '81 Part time YTY career skills instructor

1975-Present free-lance consultant, designer, writer, lecturer and photographer
'76-'79 also owned and ran processing line and retouching studio with 5 employees
Since '85 added programming and consulting in desktop publishing

1973-75 Mullard Ltd. London, England editor/art director of company magazine (also reporter, photographer, cartoonist and graphic artist)

1968-73 Attended university, and traveled in Europe as free-lance photographer & designer

1968 Analytical assistant with Reckitt and Colman Holdings, England

1965-68 Quality control chemist with British Soya Products, England

1973 BSc in Philosophy and Physics from City University, London, England

1965 S-level Chemistry, A-levels in Physics, Pure Mathematics and English Literature from the Oxford University Boards, England

Computer programming and systems operation, computer graphics, image and word processing (including custom font design), digitizing, desktop publishing and electronic pre-press
Origination, design, illustration, cartooning, lay-out, paste-up, typesetting, small off-set printing
Product, industrial, audio-visual, nautical and dance photography (4x5 and other formats), operation of process cameras, graphic effects and manipulation
Imaginative, explicatory and didactic writing; broadcast, lecture and presentational speaking
Model building, design and construction of exhibition stands

Additional Information
My status in this country was that of a Resident Alien for about 30 years, but I finally realised that I was as much American as British, bit the bullet and became a citizen!
'89-'00 regularly gave lectures, presentations and workshops for CASE, UCDA and cooperative extension annual conferences and wrote a column on computers and design for UCDA's Designer magazine
I have taught adult and continuing education courses in the following:- Microsoft Word, Aldus PageMaker, HyperCard and the Macintosh System at Tompkins County BOCES
History of the English language and Anglo-Irish history at St John Fisher College, Rochester
Photography, large-format photography, graphic techniques etc. at the Community Darkroom, Rochester
I am also skilled in the building of reconstructions of Mediæval musical instruments and in restoration bookbinding and archive repair (London College of Printing and Public Record Office trained)
I have available for free-lance work an extensive Sinar 4x5 view camera system, other photographic and art/design equipment
I was a commentator for WXXI FM Radio (Rochester, NY) from 1985 to 2009 with a weekly broadcast on Salmagundy, and for WCLV's Weekend Radio till the present (carried by about 150 stations) with a twice monthly essay.
I was Founding President of the RIT Macintosh Users Group, and have been disk librarian of the local Apple users group CIDER

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