After the Army
After arriving home I went back to work; driving a delivery truck route for a Diaper Service. It was a lot better than burning s**t in Vietnam. I started playing pool again but quickly found that I had lost my stroke. Bummer! I hooked up with some buddies and started playing softball for a local team. At first it was in a bar league Sunday mornings. We would play for a keg. Then go to the home teams bar until the keg was empty. Well, there goes Sunday.
I moved up to better teams and was soon playing in tournaments around Southern California. One team I played with won the City of Pasadena Championship two years in a row. Then I started playing for a semi-professional baseball team. I was called by my buddy Dave to coach a Pony League baseball team in Sierra Madre. The best part about it was I could “show” the boys how to play – not just teach them.
After one game I went over to Dave’s house to attend his daughter’s birthday party. He had married his girlfriend several years before. Who should I see at the birthday party but Leslie whom I hadn’t seen since that disastrous date at “Under the Ice House.” I saw her and said…”Leslie, how about a big lip lock?” Well, that worked and pretty soon I was dating her on a regular basis.
Fast forward to 1972 and Leslie and I were married. Almost one year later after a double-header baseball game, I was at home firing up the barbeque when Leslie came up to me and stated…”Fred, when are you ever going to amount to something in your life?” Oops, I guess the honeymoon was over. I asked her what she meant and she told me that I always talked about going back to school and when was I going to do that. I responded, tomorrow. That’s really what happened. Needless to say a new quarter was just starting and I enrolled in college, again.
I went to school four nights a week and took 16 units a quarter while I worked fulltime. Most of my previous credits were not accepted so I started almost at square one. I applied and received GI Bill compensation for college. It paid for all my tuition. This time school was different. I actually studied this time around and graduated 3rd in my class with a 3.92 GPA (out of a 4.0). I earned two degrees; one in accounting and one in management.
After graduation I gave up driving a truck and started working for a CPA firm in Glendale. After working for the CPA firm for almost three years and earning qualifying experience for a CPA certificate I went to work in banking. I stayed in banking for 13 years. Some of the best times were installing computer banking systems in our international branches. I was able to assist in Tokyo, Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, London, New York and Toronto.
After banking I became a VP and Controller of a Real Estate Investment and Property Management company. I subsequently worked in the Insurance and Health Care industries. Eventually I became a consultant for an International Consulting firm and worked in some of the Top 50 and Top 500 companies.
That’s about it. Now I spend my time doing woodworking projects, designing Microsoft Databases and even a website.