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Hi I'm Cliff

I'm an ex radio announcer, fighter pilot, current university professor, proud father, and grandfather. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm one of many who grew up in the post World War II era in the United States. I followed President Kennedy's admonition to develop scientific talent so went to college and obtained my degree in physics. By the way, I worked my way through college as a radio announcer. When I graduated, the Vietnam War was raging. I joined the Air Force as an option to try to better determine my fate. I was bitten, however, by the fighter bug and ended up flying F-4 fighters. Sure enough, my squadron was sent down to Vietnam where I flew over 100 combat sorties, 34 over North Vietnam. Returning from overseas, I started looking into further advancing my education and fell in love with marketing research. Obtaining my MBA while still in the Air Force, I then went on and obtained my PhD in Business. I have pursued the academic life ever since. I'm currently an associate dean at my college. Work is not all I do. I'm a self professed computer nut. When the IBM PC came out in the early 80's I purchased my first PC (for $6,000.00) and dived into learning about computing. I taught myself Pascal and wrote a statistics program that was used in two text books. I manage to try to keep up with computers today but my son has passed me in the dust. I also love the outdoors. I have a special bond with my oldest son through fly fishing. I also learned to tie flies at one time. I play a little golf (badly).

Why I am a Mormon

My heritage is deeply rooted the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Two brothers on my mother side joined the church in England and immigrated to America in the middle 1800s. From those two brothers are over 25,000 off-spring, mostly LDS. Yes, I am also related to Brigham Young, His brother Joseph is my great great grandfather. So I have all the easy to explain reasons for being a mormon. But being an active mormon requires much more than just a passive acknowledgement of membership. I too had to develop my own testimony of the Church and what we believe. My first step was to accept and serve as a missionary for the Church. During that time was the first time I actually seriously read the Book of Mormon. It was also the first time I seriously challenged whether the Book of Mormon was true. I took the challenge of Moroni 10:4 and seriously asked about its authenticity. I received my answer. My second conversion was assured as I researched and recorded the trials and accomplishments of my ancestors who came west in the 1800's. Realizing what they sacrificed for their faith made me also realize how important it was for me to understand whether it was to be a central part of my life. It has been since then.

How I live my faith

As one person stated, I would be willing to serve as a janitor in the LDS church if that was requested of me. It's a matter of actively engaging in service to each other and to our God. I have had many opportunities to serve. I have led music in church ( I do have a musical background), I have been a leader in our priesthood organization, have acted as clerk at the ward and stake level and have been a bishop for my ward. I've also volunteered as a scout and cub scout leader for the community. It is important to me to return service to the community for what it has given me. I serve or have served on several boards of advisors in the community. My goal is to be consistent and to be dependable. When the leaders of my church and others are looking for people to serve I hope they will continue to think of me. I believe the road to returning to my Lord and Savior is one of constant progress. I have to continue to work at it. And I hope to be able to do so.