2017 Board

SGVAUG 2017 Board of Directors

 

Warren James Warren James, President
(626) 688-2782
wwjames@sonic.net

Warren James has been working with computers for - OMG - over 40 years. {Where does the time go?} He started when FORTRAN programs on punched cards running on untouchable mainframes were the pinnacle of high tech.  more

David Whitby David Whitby, Vice President
(310) 993-4416

Database guy, frequent contributor, and true gadget lover

TBA

Ron Streicher Ron Streicher, Secretary
(626) 449-9353
rstreicher@aol.com

With “The Music Always Comes First!” as his lifelong motto, Ron Streicher began his career in music as a pianist, percussionist, and choral conductor. His interest migrated to audio production while a volunteer for the music department of a…  more

Mo! Langdon Mo! Langdon, Treasurer
(831) 246-1667
moie@mac.com

Webmaster and Listmaster

I’m the WebMom. The ListMom, too. Keeps me off the streets, but definitely gets me into trouble! Besides that, I’m a Mac geek, a UNIX geek, a geek of BIG databases, and a musician.  more

Sean McKinley Sean McKinley, Drawing Committee Chair
(626) 355-7407

Sean grew up in the Pasadena area. He attended Pasadena City College, where he studied Communications and Print Technology. At PCC, he encountered computers like the Apple II, the Commodore 64, and the PC XT.  more

Leonard Ross Leonard Ross, Membership Committee Chair
(626) 773-2415

I was born and raised in a small western Chicago suburb named Elmhurst. My father and stepmother were both terminally ill with cancer and passed away during my freshman year in college in 1978. I have been on my own ever since that time.…  more

Andrew Zima Andrew Zima, Program Committee Chair
(626) 376-4483
andrew.zima@sgvmug.org

Frequent presenter and Apple Ambassador

Andrew has a background in computers and multimedia, which includes training in both traditional and digital media. He has worked for a non-profit as Webmaster as well as being a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television…  more

Billy Chang Billy Chang, Director at large
(626) 827-7863
billy@microconsultants.info

Frequent presenter and Apple industry veteran

TBA

Thomas Ritter Thomas Ritter, Director at large
(323) 254-2355

Resident photographer

TBA

Bob Langdon Bob Langdon, Director at large
(831) 246-1457
rel3@mac.com

Graphics guy

Pro photographer and designer since high school. Taught photography at the U.S. Army Signal School. Started doing DTP (desktop publishing) with graphics, before the term existed, on an Apple II with a wide-carriage ImageWriter printer (25%…  more

Jeane Harris Jeane Harris, Director at large
(323) 807-4027
musiclover22@sbcglobal.net

My background is in art and photography. Easy segue into computers. My first device was an Amiga computer, as I loved games. Got my first Apple product, the SSI, and finally found “home”. Have been an Apple lover ever since. …  more

Warren James
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Today, he programs on Macs using Swift, Apple’s newest programming language. He also programs on iOS devices using TechBasic and Python and sometimes even programs on Windows machines.

Warren is an aerospace engineer who has worked at JPL and various NASA contractors doing spacecraft mission design, orbital mechanics, and spacecraft systems engineering. His work has covered everything from robotic spacecraft going to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and beyond to piloted spacecraft destined for Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and the asteroids. He’s also done system design and mission analysis for launch vehicles ranging from expendable multi-stage designs to reusable Single Stage to Orbit systems.  If it’s a spacecraft or launch vehicle that flies, orbits, or lands just about anywhere in our solar system, then there’s a good chance he’s worked on it.

More recently he led a system design study for piloted missions to Near Earth Asteroids and was a Co-Investigator on a NASA-funded design study of asteroid mining.

At various times in the past he has worked as an independent software developer, forensic image processing specialist, and a college professor. He has hosted a show on the SciFi Channel interviewing authors and filmmakers about their latest projects. For over twenty years he has been the host of the science fiction radio show “Mike Hodel’s Hour 25” which can now be heard online at http://www.hour25online.com/. There he interviews authors, filmmakers, astronauts, and others about all things of interest to the people who enjoy science fiction.

He is currently the Chief Technical Officer of V Infinity Research LLC, a small business that he runs with his wife, Suzanne, where he does spacecraft systems engineering and mission design as well as develops software for OSX and iOS devices.

Right now he is madly writing the first in a series of books about programming using Swift for OSX and iOS. With luck - and if he keeps his butt in the chair writing - that first book will be out early in 2015.

Over the years he has worked on various PCs and Macs, but for much of that time he was a “Windows person” rather than a “Mac person”. After getting a 27″ iMac for use in developing iOS apps his response was, “Why didn’t I do this years ago?” He is now an enthusiastic advocate of OS X, iOS, and all things Apple.

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Ron Streicher
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…public radio station in LA. That avocation subsequently evolved into a career that now spans nearly five decades as an independent audio consultant and recording engineer specializing in live performances.

He became a Macintosh user in 1987, at first just for writing magazine articles and his book — The New Stereo Soundbook — which is now in its third edition and has gained worldwide recognition as a standard reference on the subject of stereophonic perception, recording, and reproduction techniques.

By 1990, Ron was deeply involved with audio recording and production on the Mac and has been creating recordings for commercial and broadcast release ever since. He also uses his several Mac computers for designing audio equipment and preparing Keynote presentations for various technical societies and the Los Angeles Opera Community Educators Program.

A Fellow and Life Member of the Audio Engineering Society, Ron served as AES Secretary from 1991-2002, as President in 2003/4, and was re-elected as Secretary in 2012. He continues to be actively involved with its educational activities and has given numerous presentations to AES meetings throughout the world. In recognition of his long-term service to the Society, Ron was awarded the AES Bronze Medal in 1995 and the Distinguished Service Medal in 2010.

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Mo! Langdon
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I stumbled into Macs quite by accident.

I had just started working for my sister at a management consulting concern, doing various UNIX system admin and reporting tasks. One of the consultants was giving a presentation the next day, and handed my sister a bunch of changes for the org chart she was working on for him. She was far too busy to even think about the thing, so she sat me down in front of a chunky white box with a tiny black and white screen, and said: “This is our Mac (an SE) and this is SuperPaint. Here’s how you make lines; here’s how you make boxes; here’s how you do text inside the boxes; here’s the print of the chart so far and the sheets of paper with the changes and additions. Have at it!”

And that was the sum total of my introduction to the Mac. It’s been all downhill from there!

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Sean McKinley
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He was required to take a class that used a DOS-based program called First Choice. He also had a Cold Type class that used a code-based typesetting program and a Windows 3.1 version of PageMaker.

Sean’s first Macintosh was one of the last Mac Pluses bought from Personal Support Computers on Santa Monica Blvd., for around $799.00. Other Macs he has owned are the Macintosh 6100av, 12″ PowerBook G4, and an Intel Mac mini.

Sean has worked in the film and television business as a performer and in Entreatment Services, conducting surveys for the studios and on-screen advertisers. Like everywhere else in the world, the Internet is changing the way the entertainment business communicates. His clients now are more likely to send him an e-mail than call him on the phone. Paperwork is now downloaded from the Web instead of sent by courier service. Information that once was phoned in and sent by mail is now most likely entered online, or sent by fax.

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Leonard Ross
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…I received a small inheritance and began looking for employment in the financial district. I was hired by the Midwest Stock Exchange, which later became the Chicago Stock Exchange.

I first became aware of Apple products while employed as a trade coordinator at the Chicago Stock Exchange in 1980. A coworker never stopped talking about his Apple II personal computer. Interestingly, his last name was Mack. No one at the stock exchange used Macs, except for Mr. Mack. I owned a Radio Shack TRS-80 at the time.

I met my wife at a Halloween party at a local church. I was wearing my Judo outfit and my wife was wearing her Energizer Bunny outfit. We were married one year later in that church. My son was born in June 1994. When I was younger, I made a pledge to myself that my son would never know snow unless he wanted the experience. I quit the Chicago Stock Exchange in October 1994 and moved my wife, son, and cat to Phoenix. I had no job, no car (because I had lived in the city of Chicago), no place to stay, and I had never driven a 24-foot truck before, let alone 2,000 miles. Why Phoenix? Because Tommy Lee Jones said in a movie that it was the place to go (no lie). We found a place to live, a car, and two jobs. I biked 7 miles daily to work. We lived in the Phoenix area for six years.

While living in Phoenix, I sold computer systems for CompUSA. Toshiba laptops were hot at the time; they now make excellent brick paperweights. I sold a ton of those machines to the medical community. One of my most powerful memories was watching a 2 year old girl who had been left alone in a shopping cart navigate through the operating system of a Mac desktop. It would have made a great Apple commercial. One of my funniest/worst moments occurred when I sold a computer system to the city of Apache Junction. The customer neglected to mention that the computer was to become the city’s IT department, otherwise I would have added more RAM. The town’s system crashed, needless to say. Since I was successful in selling computers, I decided to try my luck at selling cars at the third highest grossing Toyota dealer in the world. I set a sales record with the largest single sale and later quit when I was cheated out of 50% of my commission.

I went to work at Chase as a fraud analyst and obtained a business degree. After obtaining my degree, I decided that it was time for another move. I have always wanted to live in California. We settled in Pasadena and I went work for the Los Angeles Unified School District as a special education teacher. I have been in various positions for the past 14 years.

Many teachers use Macs. I purchased a black MacBook Pro in 2006. That machine still works well to this day, although it is now obsolete. I also purchased a Mac Mini. It still runs perfectly, but it, too, is also obsolete. My current machine is a MacBook Pro circa 2013, and an iPad 2. Both machines are excellent. Apple has avoided allowing its products to turning into commodities by building superior products and matching those products with excellent customer service.

The San Gabriel Valley Apple Users Group represents a wide array of experience and knowledge of all things Apple. It is a tribe worth joining.

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Andrew Zima
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…Engineers student chapter at PCC and the Press Photographers Assoc. of Greater Los Angeles.

Was certified as an Apple Product Professional while working as a seasonal employee for Apple. Currently a member of the San Gabriel Valley Apple Users Group, he has served as a meeting presenter, done software reviews, been newsletter editor, and Board of Directors member. In addition to the volunteer work, he does Macintosh-based troubleshooting, support, and tutorials.

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Bob Langdon
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…reductions on a copy machine got us to print resolution). Moved on to a Mac 512K and ended up doing IT consulting work as well. Ran the SGVMUG BBS using 300 to 2400 baud modems (pre-Internet) and was a Board member. Moved to the Santa Cruz mountains and served with macCruzers. Now, back in SoCal, and guess what? Still doing photography, graphics, and IT consulting.

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Jeane Harris
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…Worked for the LA Times for over 20 years, selling advertising space, then moved to The Los Angeles Unified School District. Am now retired and enjoying Saturday and Sundays all week long.

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