About


I was raised on a small farm in Western Washington, although Dad's trucking business outgrew the farm by the time I started grade school. Dad's background was fourth generation German on his father's side, and goes back to the Pilgrims on his mother's side. Mom's background is a bit more colorful with a horse thief/cattle rustler and a convicted murderer (that's two people, not one!) on her father's side and small Virginia plantation owners on her mother's side.  (For a period of time, I researched genealogy including initial documentation of a cemetery in Gaysville, Vermont.)

I've been gainfully employed since I was in grade school, almost always in positions of responsibility. Jobs including raising dairy young stock, clerking in a lumberyard, fry cook, and working in my father's trucking business including a year as assistant manager before going to work in aviation fulltime. I earned my pilot's license as well as my airframe and powerplant certificates while glider towing and rebuilding classic aircraft and light helicopters before joining Mission Aviation Fellowship in 1975.

While with MAF in eastern Indonesia, we wore a number of hats including: fixed wing and rotary wing maintenance; inventory; implementation of computer-based systems; writing a flight billing system; and training aircraft maintenance technicians. The highlight of our time was development of the Maintenance Training Center which included the design and construction of two homes and a maintenance training facility; development of polyglot training curriculum and materials; and serving as a base manager responsible for 11 staff members from 4 different cultures.

In 1990 I joined the staff of a community college as an aviation faculty where I was deeply involved in curriculum and lab materials development and implementation of instructional technology including early computer projection systems for five year before transitioning to a leadership role related to the college district's major administrative systems. There I was responsible for installation and maintenance of new major administrative applications and associated hardware as well as strategic planning and vendor relations related to these areas.

In late 2003, I returned from the District Office to serve as Provost for a developing comprehensive branch campus. In this role I had responsibility for representation of the college in relationships with the neighbors including a University, an airport, other property owners of portions of a former military base, as well as the Federal Government. In addition, I coordinated the day-to-day operations, campus strategic planning, and construction of several new instructional and infrastructure facilities.

Meanwhile, BJ has been involved with Search & Rescue for the past 10 years and does multi-day hikes whenever she gets the chance.

We have two adult children. Our eldest is a pilot for Alaska Airlines. He and his wife are parents of the world's most wonderful boy! Our second is married and works as a project manager for a plastics manufacturing company.

I retired January, 2013. We've been looking for what's next ever since.

8 comments:

  1. I think "whats next" should be joining MMAP (mmap.org) yes your rig is smaller than most in MMAP but you would probably be a great asset.
    God Bless
    Rich Oliveria

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    1. We've looked at MMAP's website. I think an organization like this has potential for us.

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  2. Hey, I had a great time reading your website. Do you have an email address that I can contact you on? Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards,

    Joel
    JHouston791 gmail.com

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    1. My e-mail address is included in the header graphic on my Google+ page. Just click on "John Schroeder" before this response to go to that page.

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  3. Hi - I just discovered your blog through a Scamp FB group (someone shared a link to it). We just got a Scamp 13, so I'm looking forward to reading more about your adventures with your Scamp!

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    1. Welcome! Hope you enjoy the blog. I know you'll enjoy the Scamp.

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  4. Hello. Found you through Becky...and figured I'd like to read your blog. My folks had a Scamp 5th wheel when they retired, used it for about 10 years until they died in 2004. My brother used it for more than 10 years after that and just sold it this year to someone that will be towing it with a vintage truck. Looking forward to reading your adventures. I retired in 2015 and am also figuring out what's next.

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    1. Welcome! We love our Scamp even though I covet the Escape tandem axle 5th wheel. We've been to Alaska once and to the northwest a couple times with it. Back to the northwest this summer and starting to toy with plans for Alaska next year. Still trying to figure out what's next.

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