Quest for 31 Stadiums:
I was born and
raised in Buffalo, NY; in a region of the country where football reigns
supreme. The western New York area is composed of practical, down to
earth, hardworking folks; and I believe a lot of those values have
stayed with me throughout my life. Sundays are consumed by Buffalo Bills
Football, as the entire city and surrounding suburbs become a ghost town
when the Bills are on TV. It's like the world stops, as families huddle
together around their televisions for three and a half hours, while
others head out to Ralph Wilson Stadium, braving the weather, to support
our football team in person. Buffalo Bills tailgating always ranks among
the best in the league, as our harsh outdoor wintry weather with its
swirling winds and lake effect snow make for many magical moments on the
blacktop that surrounds our stadium. Fan ingenuity is always on display
at Ralph Wilson Stadium as makeshift kitchens and temporary tent
communities spring up in the parking lot on gameday. This is the
environment that shaped my love of the game of football and made me who
I am today.
In the late nineties I attended GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint, MI, where I became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, I returned to western New York to work at the GM Powertrain plant in Tonawanda, NY, the largest engine assembly plant within the Powertrain Division at General Motors. Working as a controls engineer, I routinely programmed and installed machining and assembly equipment, adjusting parameters, troubleshooting manufacturing issues, and reprogramming robot technology. In 2000, I was given the opportunity to work for a government contractor in Detroit, MI, designing and building military Prototypes for the US Army and the Special Operations Community. As an electrical engineer I designed, built, and installed the electronics systems that were integrated into the SmarTruck line of US Army prototypes that was being developed by our company. Eventually I grew into a program management role, helming the technology assessment, design, and government contracting responsibilities, but I maintain my electrical engineering duties throughout the vehicle prototyping programs we are involved in. I remain well connected within the Motor City niche market of vehicle prototyping and enjoy the hands-on aspects of my job. Currently working on a tubular frame, six-wheeled, severe off-road vehicle for the Special Ops guys, I also work with our alternative energy group testing synthetic fuels with the US Air Force in an effort to find a way to break our dependency on foreign oil.
hands-on tinkerer by nature, I enjoy wood working projects, custom
electronics, and classic car restoration. I've always been big on
filling my time with all types of projects. Whether I'm building
furniture for the football room, designing the ultimate in Kitty condos,
or tinkering with my 1979 Triumph Spitfire, I'm always very busy.
I think I've always been fairly inquisitive as I find myself constantly
looking for new challenges. I recently took on web design as my
latest hobby and have thoroughly enjoyed creating and building this and
the many other websites I've initiated. I recently got into
playing over 30, men's soccer, as I've discovered that I have a
cholesterol issue that needs active management. I'm a big time
movie buff and television watcher. I guess you could say it's an
addiction of mine. I dress up in costume for Stars Wars and Batman
movie premieres and I've even attended the UFO Festival in Roswell, New
Mexico. My wife and kids are also a big
part of my life and continue to join me on Quest trips around the
country. The Quest for 31 has grown out of my love for the game of
football and my interest in understanding the many facets of the game
outside of the game. It is my hope that through my journey, I
inspire others to begin an NFL trek of their own. If you're
interested in contacting me fee free to e-mail the site at info[at]nflfootballstadiums[dot]com.
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