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The Proposal Consultant

This poem stars Jim Fain, an ex-Air Force general whom Northrop Grumman hired to help us win a program important to the survival of our...

Beemers, Condos, and Yachts

As a big fan of Warren Zevon, I love his song, "Lawyers, Guns and Money," among many others. He inspired me to write my own poem about...

A Bit of Tomfoolery

Tom Dunbar was a venerable engineer and analyst who supported the global communication system we maintained for the Navy. On our weekly...

Rhymes with Hopke

Bruce Hopke was a tall man who provided IT hardware support to our project. When he found a better opportunity elsewhere, I prepared this...

Riding the Road to Convergence

Mike Pearson was a senior software engineer on a project I was leading. The project brought two systems together in a process called...

Cruise Story

I wrote this poem during a cruise of the Caribbean I took with my sisters somewhat reluctantly. Then I met Luzvy, our server for dinner...

A Man Who Loves His Hardware

Dennis Calcaterra was in charge of maintaining the hardware database on our project. We were contractually obligated to keep track of the...

To Andrea Nadal's Boyfriend

Andrea Nadal was a personable, hard-working business office associate on our program. This office was under-staffed given the number of...

The Ballad of Don Mirrione

Don Mirrione managed the subcontract Northrop Grumman had with General Dynamics for us to produce two software subsystems. As the project...

The Day I Played Golf with Ron Bero

Ron Bero was a fellow engineer whom I learned was a serious golfer. My grandfather was a club pro in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and he taught me...

I Am Curious, George

I was mystified when a former fighter pilot, retired Air Force Colonel George Watts, was selected as program manager of our contract with...

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