Al's Life

Al college caricature   Al 2005  Al - as admiralAl Lt in Army

My Books Written
Constitution XXStory of Pope MariaThe ElevatorDoomed To Circle 9Why Is A Cow?
Al Brief History

Born in New London, CT 1931
Raised on Staten Island NY
Public School 11
New Dorp High School
University of Rochester (NY)
(degree in mathemaics)
Married Suzanne Hoffman 1953
(Eastman School of Music)
U.S. Army 1953-1957
(Nike Ajax missile system)
Son Stephen 1957
Sylvania Systems - Buffalo NY
(secure communications systems)
Daughter Natalie 1958
Calspan Corp - Buffalo NY
(electonic warfare systems)
Moved family to Dayton OH 1971
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
(avionics engineer 1973-1996)
Air War College 1984
Troy State University (AL)
(masters degree)
Retired to Newport, OR, 1996
(much travel and cruises - U.S., Costa Rica, Canada, Europe)
Suzanne died 2008
(breast cancer)
Moved to Santa Fe, NM
(near family)
Brookdale retirement facility (2017)

Ah the good ol' days !
Al in Hawaii 2011 81st Birthday - Al Al in Halloween hat
Cute! Two-fisted! Watch the back, ol' man!
gave up Square Dancing and Tango (it was fun while it lasted)

Al square dancing 


Al tango 

Square Dance Al


Tango Al

                                                   My Doings Now?  
          - Computer doodling:

-- Keeping up eight websites and links (see
  - Photoshop digital photos:
-- Thousand of photos taken in Brookdale (resident retirees)
                  -- Many 4H photos have been in Santa Fe County Fair calendars

          - Playing computer games:
-- So I can remember how to win at "Hearts"
          - Get back to some lapiday (stone jewelry) work -- hopefully
          - Digitizing thousands of family film photos:
                -- Some dating back to the late 1800's.
          - Digitizing thousands of Kodachrome slides (early family life, travels)
          - Working to finish my 6th and final (maybe) book - Constitution II
                 (then maybe a humor book about senior life here in Brookdale)
          - Local fiestas, winter concerts at the Lensic theater
          - More travel with Katherine (Mexico Riviera cruise next)

Meditteranean Cruise MapOregon 2018
                         2014                                                                  2018 Oregon
I do a lot of Photoshop fun things. I like to take "faces" and put them on a different photo. Fun (most of the time).
Al-Jane Russel-1 Al-Jane Russell-2
lapidary cutting/grinding/polishing equipment is here with me in Brookdale, but I haven't found time to work with it. Maybe this year. (Some previous work shown  below)


The Family
Nat and Phil
Daughter Natalie and husband Phil Baca (a few years ago!)

Ellie with pig


Julia 2018


Lila with cello

Ellie Powell (26)


Julia Baca (20)


Lila Baca (18)


Ellie received her PhD in Genetics at Iowa State in 2017 and is now working at the USDA in Iowa. Julia is at SMU with majors in Viola and Arts Management. Lila is a recent graduate of the New Mexico School for the Arts and has a dual scholarship in Music (cello) and Medicine at the University of New Mexico.

          Horsing Around
Everybody (except me) in the family rides (quarter horses)
                    Natalie and Phil have won prizes galore (including two saddles)
                    Grandaughter Ellie was on the National champion equestrian team at
                             Baylor U. (Waco, TX)
                    Julia and Lila  have won multiple riding/show trophies and prizes.
                             (too busy at school now - only Summer riding)


Natalie reining Phil on Scooter Al on Tac
Natalie reining on "Smoker" Phil winning New Mexico high-point on "Scooter" in 2009 Al just sitting on old "Tac" 2009 (Tac died in 2010
Julia on Truman Ellie on Reward Lila on Popcorn
Julia and her faithful "Truman" winning NM State Fair High Point Ellie in 2005 World Championships on "Reward" Lila on "Popcorn"
Santa Fe
          Santa Fe is the capitol of New Mexico but is "small" (70,000 residents)
          The largest city, Albuquerque, 60 miles to the south, has ~1 million people
         Santa Fe has no skyscraper buildings (Albuquerque has a 22-story building)
          Santa Fe virtually smells of history - it is a city of adobe homes
               (some say it looks like it was built by Taco Bell under contract to Walt Disney) 
          Santa Fe is a city of art and artisans with much Native American influence
          Santa Fe dines (I have a list of 60 restaurants from which visitors can choose) 
          Nearby - Los Alamos, Taos, Bandalier National Monument, national forests, 
               native pueblos, Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch, Echo Canyon, etc etc etc 
          The October Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque is a special treat 


Balloon 1 over Albuquerque  Balloon 2 over Albuquerque Balloon 3 Balloon 4 over Albuquerque 


Some Links
Santa Fe   New Mexico   Bandalier
Los Alamos   Taos   Balloon Fiesta

This page last updated June 25, 2018