Ed in China
Edward, our youngest child, was always a tag-along of his older sister and brother who had rather exiting lives until I retired in 1973. But his time was about to come.
He attended and graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1986. After having attended and graduated from Coronado High School. He, more than his brother or sister was always pretty naturally 'techie.' I observed from his earliest boyhood he was an imaginative Lego Virtuoso. With a temper to match when things didn't work right.
His first job was with a Defense-NASA contractor Martin Marietta doing celestial mechanics programming. Their main offices were in Denver. He had lived here in our Old Colorado City home except when he was at College.
But he somehow felt he missed out on all the exotic places I, Patsy, David and Rebecca had lived in - such as on the beach in Hawaii. Though he said his years at Fort Carson and in Colorado where we vacationed were the best early years of his life.
Somehow he got interested when we got settled on the Westside in Tai Chi and things oriental. He learned some of his moves from his brother David.
So when a program called 'Princeton in Asia' circulated offers to Americans to join a corresponding college in China he jumped at the chance. He would go for at least a year into a Chinese education institution to help them learn spoken English. Orientals have difficulty speaking vernacular English. He would be in an 'English' department. He did not need to know Chinese.
In preparation he contacted all the Cinese he could find in Colorado Springs, most noteworthy the owners of a Chinese Restaurant on Academuy Boulevard where both the owner and his wife came from the same area in Northern China where he was going. The wife had been a Tennis Table champion in China. He picked up many helpful tips. Later that contact would be important to the Chinese here in Colorado.
In preparation, I knew that though China had no 'internet' never-the-less he could do his work better if he took his Toshiba Laptop computer with Windows operating system with him.
So he made his travel plans to fly from Los Angeles February 1989, first to Tokyo, then fly into Dalian, China where the Laioning Foreign Trade School would be expecting him. His agreement was to work there from at least March 1989 to March 1990.He would, first in Los Angeles stay overnight at Joan Kretchmer's home. She was my cousin, and he was able to spend one summer during high school (when 16 years old) with her,his Aunt Joan. Ernesto Panigua, her Mexican born husband to which she had been married many years had died. She was a wonderful and practical influence on Ed that teen age summer. He wouldn't pass through LA to China several times more without visiting her. And both Haning and their boys - David and Justin - got to meet her.
In any event, Ed arrived in Dalian, China, and checked into the Laioning Foreign Trade School. One of the reasons that China opened such 'trade' schools was that it was opening up to the West, including its economic system. Dalian already had a 'Special Industrial Zone' where manufacturing plants from other countries - the US, UK, Germany were invited to set up inside China, and operate with low wage Chinese workers who, never-the-less, had to begin to learn workable spoken, if not written, English. So that trade school had students, some of whom would become 'teachers' to the peasants who would work in the foreign plants.
In any case, Edward was not required to know Chinese - for he would be in an 'English Department' whose Chinese instructors would already have some degree of fluency in English. It was his native voice, diction, and pronouciation that the school needed.
So he was given a room to live in, and he set about making it as livible as possible, using the power adapters and other devices he had brought with him. He even, on his request, was given a telephone in his room.
He had barely gotton settled and before we had gotten any mail from him when the unprecedented Tiananman Square Uprising happened which became world news.
The more complete story of Ed's 18 month stay in China - from March 1989 to October 1990 is detailed in another section of this Web site. You can [Click here for Ed in China Stories] to read it from another menu, suffice it to say, Patsy and I were very interested in these events. While Beijing was a long way from Dalian the press conveyed that 'student' uprisings had sprung up in many places in China. Being a Communist dictatorship, I knew anything could happen, and did. d
But the most noteworthy thing that happened - which permitted me to keep him informed from the US press and television reporting, and he detailing exactly what he was seeing and doing was the unprecedented 'China Modem Link' he and I set up over plain dial up AT&T long distance telephone circuits between me in my home office with my ordinary home telephone and he in his room. With 11 hours time difference. It was right under the nose of the Chinese Secret Service who had armed guards at every Fax machine in China. But they never knew what was going on and had they run across the link, all they would have heard was a digital buzz and because we Archived all the messages between us (using arc.exe) to compress them - they would never have been able to read what were saying to each other.
If you click here [Click here for Ed in China Stories]'you will be able to read two sections - the first one exactly how we technically did it, and the second comprised of a large number of HIS messages about what was going on there in china.
Here is the first photograph taken on the day Ed and Haning were married in Dalian, China.
Worked for Sichuan University April 1990 - September 1990
Returned to US October 1990, bought House on Kiowa Street.
Son David born 6/16/1996
Son Justin Born 6/29/1999
1990-early 1991 Softronics
1991- 93 Colo Interstate Gas
1993- 2002 MCI
2003-2006 Univ of Colorado, Athletic Dept
2006-2011 XXX Gas Supply Company
David Jr worked with me, and separately at Big Sky Telegraph in Montana 1987-89
Lindsey Allen (David's son) born in 1985, known to David 1992
He met lived with Diana Sanchez 1990
She had Liver transplant 1992.
Took a technical position in a Unix Internet company in Dallas, TX (dates?). Bought a house, which vandals burned down in ???? Company started collapsing. They moved back to Colorado Springs
Bought house in Old Colorado City area 1994