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Say for me Kaddish: An Engineer's Life and Advice Paperback – October 26, 2010
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About the Author
Alan Wilcox is a typical engineer. Well, not quite typical, because every engineer considers himself a unique one-of-a-kind authority concerning his particular specialty. That expertise can, in fact, range from computers, to electronics, to widely divergent fields depending on how interesting the topic might be. An interest and a passion to study makes it all come together. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, and as an electrical engineer specializes in computers, electronics, and software. That, however, doesn't hamper his expressing opinions on other topics. And, as you might suspect, those other topics are the subject of this book. During his career in electrical engineering, he worked in a number of engineering positions and also taught at Marywood University (Business), Bucknell University (Electrical Engineering), and Lycoming College (Statistics). For 17 years he taught a variety of technical courses in computers and programming for Learning Tree International in the US and in Europe. While at Bucknell, he wrote four engineering-design and computer-design textbooks. One of the books was on computer hardware design using the 68000 microprocessor, the CPU used in the Apple Mac during the mid-1980s. After years of using the PC, he now uses an Apple iMac for most of his work; PC software runs on a Windows virtual machine using Parallels. Now retired from full-time engineering, he repairs and tunes Elecraft amateur radio equipment; he is a ham radio operator, call sign W3DVX. In addition, he has helped Adopt A Boxer Rescue by doing their web-based MySQL database programming to provide efficient processing of adoption applications. He recently started an editing and publishing business at WilcoxPublishing.com. Alan was an active member of Congregation Ohev Sholom of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he served on their Board and participated in weekly services. As Assistant Gabbi, he helped conduct the prayers and the Torah service. He was formerly Chairman of the Synagogue's Chevra Kadisha Society. ----- Who was my Mother? A Search for Understanding gives related information about Esther and Roy in the context of Alan’s memoirs. The book is available from fine bookstores by ordering ISBN 978-1515008736. Make online orders at http://www.createspace.com/5609145.
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I am a nerdy sociology researcher by nature (not by training) and I am disguised
as a big-city police officer during the day. When off duty, I am disguised as a
ham radio operator, so I realize that my perspective is not a common one that
you may share. Still, there are many people who are deeply absorbed in how humans
work, how engineering works and how God works and this book will be very interesting
if you fit any of those descriptions.
Recommending this title to only those interested in engineering and science would be a disservice.
Alan's, Say for me Kaddish, An Engineer's Life and Advice should be required reading for each and every high school student, during both junior and senior years. Parents and school guidance counselors would be wise to see what Alan has to say.
Alan Wilcox has lived an engineer's life: creating, building, repairing, and teaching principles of science. By presenting his memoirs from childhood on, he interweaves coincidence and spiritualism and the enlightenment of Torah. In first-person plain-talk he recalls items from his youth. For example, he recalls playing with a model airplane with his father. Later, he learns to fly and buys his own airplane. Then, he qualifies for flying by instrument, This leads to flying multi-engine craft, and becoming a certified commercial flight instructor. As a boy, he starts a fire by trying to find out if steel wool conducts an electrical current. The first lessons in electronics are, of course, not easy. He uses his curiosity to find out how automobile engines and radios work. But, most of all, he shows us how we develop our goals and work to achieve them.
I would recommend Alan's book to anyone thinking of a career in science, and men and women striving to enlighten themselves in the meaning of life.