John Richard SHAW
- Born: 15 Apr 1953, Hospital, St Marys, Richmond Heights, St Louis, Missouri, USA
Email- John Richard SHAW- May 2001:
"I never thought that at age 48 I would learn of a 2nd cousin who also hails from St. Louis....and who now lives only a few miles up the road in Maryland. You probably don't recall but we met once before. It was at your folks' house during a family get-together just after Christmas. I'm thinking it was in '64 because I would have been 11 years old at the time.
"Why does this stick in my memory? Eleven is the age at which I joined the Boy Scouts, and I recall being impressed with the fact that you were an Eagle Scout (What impressionable young Tenderfoot wouldn't be impressed?). From Eagle Scout to Neuro-Surgeon: no surprise there! (I made it to Life Scout; 13 merit badges was all I could muster. I was too much of a runt to even consider attempting the Life Saving badge.)
"Thank you for mailing to me the reunion invitation. Regretably, I probably will not be in St. Louis at that time. I will be in Charleston, S.C. from Wednesday until Saturday June 23, and the following week I have a job-related commitment which compels me to remain in Maryland. And because I prefer staying for more than a day or two when I visit St. Louis, it doesn't look like it's going to work for me. But I wish you and whomever else involved the best and trust that you'll have a robust turnout. Given that the reunion is described as a "1st Annual", perhaps I'll make it another time. And perhaps we can touch base sometime in this neck of the woods, say, in Annapolis over drafts of good brew? Anyway, despite my pending absence from the reunion I provide below the answers to the questionnaire.
Born, April 15, 1953 St. Louis, MO (actually, at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond Heights)
Samuel Arthur and Ellen Lawless Shaw
Fred David and Louise Sparling Strudell
John Arthur (6/6/22) and Margaret Louise (5/17/25) Shaw
Barbara Ann Shaw (5/9/60) and David William Shaw (12/18/61)
St. Louis University High (Class of '71)
1st attempt: Washington University, '71 - '73. Majored in Philosophy, minored in adolescent angst and recreational pharmocology. Dropped out after 5 semesters of rudderless existential implosion. What can I say? It was the "60's", man. (Please exercise editorial license with the preceding.)
2nd (and successful) attempt: University of Maryland at College Park, '90 - '94, B.A. in Philosophy (some things never change) and
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
U.S. Navy, '76 - '84 Honorably discharged as a submarine qualified Electronic Technician 1st Class; served as a Reactor Operator and Reactor Technician aboard nuclear attack submarines USS Sea Devil (Norfolk, VA) and USS Plunger (San Diego, CA).
Marital Status: Single, never married, no children, no prospects.
Profession/Career: Employed by Baltimore Gas and Electric Company ('84 to present) at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant; ten years as an Instrument and Controls Technician, seven years as an Engineer.
Hobbies/Interests: Bicycling, rafting, hiking, and playing instrumental
guitar (not at the same time, however); travelling, reading, and watching NOVA; St. Louis Blues hockey and Cardinal baseball (some things you just don't get over).
If you need me to fill in any blanks regarding the questionnaire, don't hesitate to ask. Incidentally, I'd be very interested in hearing your bio. Hope to stay in touch.
--John Shaw, LLSC (i.e., long lost second cousin)