I was born on the south side of Chicago and grew up in this house in a suburb called Evergreen Park. During my childhood, my interests included disassembling everything to see how it worked. I remember once taking apart a tube radio and when tearing open the capacitors wondering where the magic was that made it all work. When I was young, I was only able to take things apart. When I became a teen-ager, I was also able to get them put back together. They didn’t always work quite right, but at least they worked! This was the start of my hobbies which eventually led to a career.