Do you remember the movie The Wizard of Oz? My reason for joining Mensa is the same reason that the Scarecrow had for going to the Emerald City with Dorothy. His theme song was “If I only had a brain” and Dorothy told him the Great Wizard of Oz could help him. Near the end of the movie the Great Wizard of Oz tells the Scarecrow:
Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have! But they have one thing you haven't got — a diploma. Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeatum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Th.D. — that's Doctor of Thinkology.
Since I now have a Mensa card, I know how the Scarecrow must have felt when he said:
Oh joy, rapture, I've got a brain! How can I ever thank you enough?
I can't dance like Ray Bolger did in the movie but I can certainly identify with the character that he played. Thank you Mensa. To be perfectly honest, I have built this web page because my parents and some of my school teachers thought I was “slow.” Much later in life I found out it was just ADHD.
I have been involved in Radio Communications and Electronics for over 50 years. I have traveled to fifty-plus countries working in Radio Paging and Two-way Radio. Just like Johnny Appleseed — except I went around the world planting Radio Paging Systems instead of apple trees. Now I work as an independent wireless data consultant, and I edit a free weekly newsletter on the Internet about Wireless Messaging. It was read by about five thousand people in nearly fifty countries each week—less now.
I like photography, reading, writing, listening to music, and watching movies. I have a home theater with surround sound, of which I am very proud. I am an amateur chef and I especially enjoy discussing Latin America in either Spanish or English since I have spent a major part of my life living and working there. I am also an amateur (ham) licensed radio operator.
My three children are all grown and have lives of their own. I am single and live with my best friend “Duke” a mixed-breed dog — mostly Rottweiler — maybe some Lab too, since he has webbed feet.
Four years of undergraduate study at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Several industry-related specialized training courses at Motorola and other companies. A total immersion course in the Spanish language in San José, Costa Rica. Radio engineer through independent studies. Attended six institutions of so called higher learning.
Like Mark Twain said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
Four years in the United States Navy. Honorably discharged as Radioman Second-Class Petty Officer. Recruit Company Honorman. Navy Radio School Graduate with high honors. Worked in many types of radio communications including Cryptography, and even Morsse code.
Past Member of the Institute of the Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Quarter Century Wireless Association, the Radio Club of America, and the American Radio Relay League. Participated in the POCSAG Paging committee in London. Was on the management committee for the development of the FLEX Paging protocol at Motorola. Former board member of the European Mobile Messaging Association (EMMA).
First Class Commercial Radiotelephone license (engineer/operator) and Advanced Amateur Radio license.
Native English, fluent in Spanish (Read, write, and speak.), basic Guaraní (a South-American tribal language), understand some Brazilian Portuguese and am a very poor student of Koiné Greek.
With best regards,
Newsletter Editor 73 DE K9IQY Licensed 57 years
The Wireless Messaging News Brad Dye, Editor P.O. Box 266 Fairfield, IL 62837 USA