A Short Autobiography - David Ullian Larson

Howdy

Born in Joliet, Illinois in 1943, at St. Joseph's Hospital.  I attended  Culbertson Grade School, Washington Junior High School,  both in Joliet, Illinois, and high school at Lincoln-Way Community High School in New Lenox, Illinois. I graduated in 1961.

I tried the University of Illinois after high school but could not hold on to such a huge and slippery school. I joined the United States Air Force for four years to stay ahead of the draft. I received my draft notice while in Texas in Basic Training.  Basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas,  started me on my way. My job was a Russian Language translator which I learned at Syracuse University. After some months at the security service school at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas,   I was sent to the 6901st  Spec Comm Group in Zweibrucken, Germany where I worked for a couple years.  Then I was transferred to Paris, France for the final year of my four year enlistment.  After receiving an honorable discharge, I tried finding a job as a beginner electrician. And I did. The rest is history. Not interesting, perhaps,  but history. I maintain the unit web site for Zweibrucken at http://www.6901st.org 

My electrical work experience began in 1957 when I wired the home my dad and I built for our family in Illinois. Yep. It is still standing. With the help of a Sears and Roebuck "How-to" book, I did a great job. After high school and four years in the US Air Force, I worked at several different jobs until I found an opening starting as an electrician in 1967 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Manistique. My work experience includes residential single family and multi family, commercial and industrial construction and maintenance of great variety. Except for the time I spent going to college to get my degrees under the GI Bill, and the few years I worked as a technical instructor and as an education administrator at Lansing Community College in Michigan, I have been a working electrician and a provider of electrician education. Now I am a retired education provider for the State of Florida, author/web master for ElectricianEducation.com, author/web master for VisitEuropeOnline.com  and a retired secondary education math teacher Math 6-12 in Florida.

Although I think of myself as a good instructor due to the fact that I have suffered through the exact same sorts of problems that my students have had to endure, I am an even better electrician. I really love to do electrical work. Too bad I can not do it anymore. Age came up behind me and slapped me down. Now it is on to do other things.

October 2009 marked more than 35 years of part-time full-time electrician training, electrical instruction, and electrical work for me, David Ullian Larson. As far as experience as an electrical instructor, I have experience as a high school dual enrollment instructor in electrical occupations, community college teacher technician, pre-apprentice and apprentice instructor, journeyman and master electrician license exam preparation instructor, electrical inspector certification and license exam prep instructor, skill update seminar sponsor and electrical contractor continuing education provider and instructor. Click HERE to see a list of the various types of work I did while working as an electrician.

Age is my enemy as I realized that I had to back away from the tools. But, for sure, I'll quit doing electrical work when they peal my cold dead fingers back off my Kleins. I have had to stop doing electrical contracting work for others at age 58. Now a social security recipient, I no longer do electrical work for others. 

Sure, I'll do my own stuff. But my electrical business has ended. I have not renewed my licenses.  I can't imagine what I will do when I can't get in the truck and go off to do yet one more job. In fact,  I have joked that I may even outfit a walker with a tool belt so I can continue to at least change switches and dimmers until I am well into my 80's. Well, maybe not. 

My wife, Donna, and I live in a home which I constructed myself. I drew the plans and did most of the construction. I did not pour the concrete, and I did not lay the carpeting. Other than that, the plumbing, carpentry, painting, electrical, tile, roofing, drywall, plastering, heating and air, and site work was my own doing. I like working around the house. My wife is great at making the house look like a home. We  have no  children so we have worked to take care of others' children. Donna worked for many years as a pre school teacher. Then for years she worked to help manage the electrical business we owned. Now she is a housewife. Now I am an internet geek with ten websites of my own. See the list with links at the bottom of this page.

Licenses and degrees

I received my Journeyman Electrician License in 1969 and Master Electrician License in 1971 both by examination in Lansing, Michigan. I also took Journeyman Electrician License Exams and passed in Marinette, Wisconsin and Green Bay, Wisconsin. I also passed the Master Electrician license exam in Marinette, Wisconsin. My college work resulted in an A. A. and A. S. degrees from Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan, in 1974 and 1975. In 1976 I completed course work Michigan State and Ferris State in Michigan. I  received a B. S. degree in Trade and Technical Education from Ferris State at Big Rapids, Michigan. In 1979 I received my Master Electrician License in Florida by Block and Associates  examination. 

I have passed the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) Certification Examinations 2A 2B and 2C. These are Residential, General and Plan Review. I have also passed the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) Residential,  Commercial, and Plan Review exams. As you can see, I have taken my share of examinations. I know what it is to get ready to take exams.

In 2002-2003 I took and passed the following State of Florida Teacher Certification Examinations:

Professional Education Exam
General Knowledge (All four tests)
Mathematics 5-9
Mathematics 6-12 through calculus
Industrial Arts/Technology Education

I held a Professional Certificate for Mathematics Education Grades 6-12 in Florida.  Now I am retired.

Hobbies

Past activities that were really great while they lasted for me were SCUBA diving and flying. I  worked hard to get the YMCA Instructor certification and taught two classes as a volunteer at the Menominee, Michigan, YMCA. Another great hobby was flying an airplane. You know, those little ones like a Cessna 150 or Cessna 172. I have 80 hours logged, about 60 solo. This activity got to be  just too expensive so I backed off it. But I remember those events quite strongly. My flying experience started in Sembach Air Force Base in German, while I was still in the Air Force. I attended flight school in Michigan and Florida in the good old days. 

I also sell stuff on eBay. Over the years I have amassed quite a collection of used postage stamps, books and old postcards. In an effort to de-clutter, I have been selling off what I can on eBay. I really do not have anything of huge value. Mostly dollar stamps and cards. But the extra income allows me to buy yet more stuff to improve my collection. Here is a link to my eBay items:

http://stores.ebay.com/OldPostcardsForSale 

Find some of my favorite postcards here:

http://www.oldpostcardsforsale.com/PostcardArchives/postcard_archives.htm 

I also am interested in genealogy. So far I have been able to trace ancestry back in Sweden of my fathers side of the family, on some lines to the late 1500's. But the Italian side is difficult since those records are not easily accessible. Here is a website I have created for Swedish genealogy:

http://www.SwedenRoots.com 

So What's Next?

Current websites by me include:
http://www.ElectricianEducation.com
http://www.ElectricianMath.com
http://www.TechnicianEducation.com
http://www.VisitEuropeOnline.com
http://www.SwedenRoots.com
http://www.OldPostcardsForSale.com
http://www.HouseFlipGuide.com
http://www.StampDealerLots.com

Plus a website I maintain for the military unit I worked at in Zweibrücken, Germany http://www.6901st.org 

Plus a website which I will get up and running in late 2010 when the new NEC is available:

http://www.2011NEC.com 

Enough for now. Cheers:>)

 

David Ullian Larson

Working in Florida has its moments. Quite a bit of work is near the water.

Here I am on a dock in Jensen Beach, Florida, back in the day.