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I was born, and spent most of my younger years in Oakland, California. I attended Crocker Highlands grammar school, McChesney Junior High, Oakland High, Menlo-Atherton High School, and the University of California at Berkeley.
I was drafted and served on active duty in the U. S. Army from 1962 to 1964 at Fort Ord, California. In October, 1964, I married a local girl who convinced me that we should stay on the Monterey Peninsula. So, after being released from active duty, I went to work for Security National Bank of Monterey County as Operations Officer. After a short six-month banking career, I was appointed City Clerk and Treasurer of the City of Pacific Grove, and I worked for the City in various capacities until I retired in 1994.
In addition to my work with the City, I started William S. Pitt and Associates, a firm that did computer consulting and custom programming. In 1978 I opened Affordable Computers which offered computer sales and services. I later incorporated as Mariposa Computers and opened a second store in Aptos, California (near Santa Cruz). I sold the corporation prior to my retirement from the City.
My wife and I remained in Pacific Grove for 30 years and raised our two girls there. When I retired, we moved to Lake Tahoe and I started a small business developing and hosting Web sites. It was supposed to be more of a hobby than a business, but it grew larger than I expected, and pretty soon it became almost full time. In early 2005, we moved from Lake Tahoe to Rescue, California, a semi-rural community in the foothills east of Sacramento, in order to be closer to our family. I started to downsize the business so that I could spend more time with my wife, children, and grandchildren. Our two daughters and their husbands have given us six wonderful grandchildren.