I joined the USAF in 1976. After basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio Tx,
spent an extra 9 months there in the School for Aerospace Sciences, and earned an associate's degree.
After tech school, I was stationed at the Pentagon doing Cryptology/secure communication repairman
with a top secret/technical knowledge clearance, for 3 years.
In 1980, after my release from the USAF, I started working as a contractor at the Department of State doing the same
job that I did at the Pentagon, before relocating to Atlanta.
In December 1982, I began installing servers, first in reservation offices around the Delta system.
Traveled for over a year and a half, most cities taking 2-3 weeks to complete.
When that was over, I stayed in Atlanta until they started upgrading airports, & I went back on the road
for another 1.5-2 years. After that ended, I went back and upgraded the reservation offices again.
When Delta bought Pan AM, I traveled through Europe and Japan converting the Pan Am
equipment for Delta’s.
Then in 1992, I was picked to upgrade Marketing offices. I got 3 weeks in Hawaii, and 12 other offices in the states.
Then, I got to go to Tokyo for 2 weeks, and Nagoya for another 2 weeks, London for two weeks with a weekend off
In 1996, my division formed a company called Worldspan, whose customers were Expedia, Orbitz, and Priceline
to name a few, plus travel agents throughout the world.
When you book with them, it goes through our Data Center at the Atlanta Airport.
The company was bought a few years back and we are now a global GDS group with offices throughout the world,
I work in Windows Server Support.
I have been married and divorced twice.
I have two wonderful daughters:
Kelli, graduated from Kent State, works in Marketing at Chick-Fil-A. She is married
to the shop teacher and football coach at Tallmadge H.S. They have two daughters.
Kelli and her husband live in Diamond, Ohio. He loves the trek between Tallmadge and
My second daughter is Amy. She graduated from the University of Georgia, and works
at the World of Coke, in Atlanta, as an event organizer.
I have traveled to so many places there are too many to number. I have been in all
50 states, plus I have been to St. Croix, Puerto Rico, St.Thomas, London, Frankfurt,
Amsterdam, Tokyo, Nagoya, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, and more.
I have lived in San Antonio, Washington D.C., Arlington, Virginia; Dale City, Virginia;
Woodbridge, Virginia; Powder Springs, Georgia; and Peachtree City, Georgia.
I currently live in Moreland, Georgia on 8 acres in the woods, in a 30 year old log house
with a timber wolf 'hybrid' dog, and the most wonderful woman, named Tanya. She & I have been together
for the last 15 years.
In my free time, I work out 5 days a week before work, cut up trees for firewood, and watch football.
I love riding my 2006 Harley Davidson Fat Boy CVO or taking Tanya's 1987 Monte Carlo out to keep it in running order.
Weekend get-a-ways on the Harley to the Ga mountains is our therapy.
And, for those who have seen my hair, it is still halfway down my back and I have
no plans to cut it, any time soon.
Craig passed away very suddenly on the afternoon of April 28, 2014.
He was at home when he had an apparent massive heart attack.
He wasn't alone...Tanya, his fiancee', was with him. She's a nurse, and she told me he went very fast....no suffering.
Craig was a big burly biker. He looked menacing when he got off that Harley. But, you never met a sweeter, kinder,
more gentle man.
Many of his Ellet Classmates were friends of his on Facebook.
We looked forward to our History Lesson that he would send out, every morning.
Craig was a patriot in the truest sense of the word....and was well-respected because of it.
Being pretty much a conservative, he debated just about everything with Classmate Jeff Boggs, very much a liberal.
Those of us who read these debates found them humorous, as those 2 could go on for DAYS,
trying to get the other to come to that side of things. It never worked.
Classmates who attended our Class parties & reunions knew that Craig would always be in attendance.
Usually, he rode that motorcycle all the way from Moreland, GA up here to Akron, OH.
When the Reunion comes around in August of this year, we will truly feel a hollow spot, where Craig would have been.
He was looking forward to it, and I know he would NEVER have missed it, had he a choice.
Most of us will miss Craig for the rest of our lives. He made a big impression on everyone he met.
One that no other could compare to....
d-e b 02-27-2013, REVISED 07-01-2014