Born November 4th, 1939, in Ottawa, Canada, I lived in a small French town called Aylmer, Quebec for fifteen years. Our family moved to the west coast of Canada for the next two years until my father retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force. My father always loved the USA, and it was decided to immigrate to California in the summer of 1957. I graduated from Escondido Union High in 1958 and went to Palomar JC and transferred to San Diego State two years later. In 1960, I became a naturalized citizen and joined the United States Navy Reserve. I continued my engineering degree until the Pueblo Crisis caused our reserve unit to be activated, and I was sent to Vietnam.
I have always loved flying and took advantage of the GI Bill to obtain my commercial/multi/ and instrument rating. During flight training at El Cajon flying service, I met a fellow student who rebuilt an antique airplane he found in a garage. This sparked my interest in the hobby, and now we're here.