|MATH: SOLAR: RADIO: His sculpture education was from Donald Potter of Bryanston, his math tutor was Dr Garood
(major work on magnetic theory). If you exclude his celestial navigation in the 1960s as a member of the Royal
Institute of Navigation, his first major solar actitities were in 1970's for hot water, his electrical system was powered
by 3kw of solar panels, see Home Power magazine, edition 87. His Phoenix house has a 5kw solar system. The
author has held an English amateur radio license (G3ROW) since 1962, and a USA advanced class license
(WB7ULT) since the mid 1970s.
VOLUNTEERING: The author for many years was a volunteer CASA (court appointed special advocate) and helped
research a major work on child sexual abuse. The author was a volunteer mediator in magistrate court, and
volunteered in the trial courts of Maricopa County, AZ as well as probate court. He was also a senior mediator
performing federal cases in California, Arizona, and New Mexico in the EEO and labor relations dispute arena under
the FEB (Federal Executive Board).
GLASS: The author has been working in stained glass (13th century pigments,14th century silver stain, etc) since
1975 and has sold many works, some examples are here.
|The author's article in the
1990s on pitch and power
considerations in an
airplane. The phone
number in the article is out
of date since I have retired.
|A few notes about the author, Simon Wheaton-Smith
Silver City, NM
|RETIREMENT: the author builds garden sundials, hs dials are in several states in the USA, as well as
in England. He designed and built the AZ Centennial dial for a Phoenix park at no charge. After retiring
from the FAA in May of 2006, he did some volunteer work then was appointed the Town Clerk for Silver
City. Then he resigned to run for Town Council in District 3 which he won, and was re-elected in for a
second term with 50% more votes. He never lost an election. He was also a reserve law enforcement
officer, and was NM DPS certified as an instructor in several law enforcement subjects.
|COMPUTING: In the mid 1960s the author learned Algol on the Elliott 803, then learned and wrote IBM 1401 code,
and in the late 1960's on the IBM 360, and later the 370, and later systems, the author designed the SHADOW
teleprocessing control program, as well as FIDO, TOTO, and PATCHES, in the 1970's Computer Associate's
Manage-IMS, and in the 1984 thru 1997 the ITT Courier (later Alcatel, later IDEA) 3270 compatible quality testing
system (DOOMSDAY). Many years of IBM assembler experience in multiple operating systems, C, C++, PL/I and so
on. Likes the heritage languages. A lot. In fact, this page here has programs I wrote for sundials along with free or very
low cost compilers for them. Yes, he had two parallel careers, sometimes one was full time the other part time, and vice
|Original author of BDOS and DFOS (1968, 1969), SHADOW, PATCHES, FIDO, and TOTO IBM 360 and 370
systems (1973). Original author of MSTM (load module level compatability system for programs under SHADOW,
CICS, CMS, ROSCOE, TSO. Co-designer of MANAGE-IMS (late 1970s). Author of the CAPEX, later CA, IBM
GDDM compatible graphics system using symbol sets then later APA mid 1980s). Author of the ITT Courier Doomsday
host based terminal quality control system, later IDEA (1997).
While the author approves of object oriented methods, he strongly disapproves of excessive movement of inherent
language features (=,>, <, etc) into objects as methods. He also strongly disapproves of rigid data typing, even back in
the days of PL/I, type conversion was at run time if not feasible at compile time. He strongly disapproves of language
releases which simply show the designers didn't think things through in the first place. A language should make the
programmers life easy and simple, a language should not be a monument to the nerds and geeks who designed it.
|FLYING: He started flying lessons in 1963, was a freight hauler in Merlins and Falcons, a check airman, a B727
flight engineer, an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737, and retired from inspection, investigation & enforcement in the
FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and became a DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner). The author also used to fly
competition aerobatics regionally. The author's grandfather Sergei de Bolotoff Wiasemsky was involved in the cross
channel race in the early 1900s but failed to get off the ground, and the author's great aunt Violette (de Sibour)
Selfridge flew a gypsy moth around the world in 1928 writing a book about it called The Flying Gypsies. One of the
author's great grandfathers was Harry Gordon Selfridge who founded Selfridges department store in London,
England. One of his cousins was Lt Thomas Selfridge, the first pilot killed in powered flight in the USA, Mr Wright
piloting. Selfridge Field is named after him. The author's father was a geneticist, arrested for bull smuggling in
|SINCE I GET ASKED: HGS (Harry Gordon Selfridge) was my great grandfather, and his eldest child was Rosalie
(my grandmother, who was HGS co-executor) with whom I lived for many years in London. Rosalie had one child,
Tatiana (my mother, who was Rosalie's co-executor). I am Tatiana's eldest and only surviving son, and was
Tatiana's executor. As Gordon Selfridge's great grandson, I am the custodian of HGS archives, HGS home videos,
and personal HGS memorabelia. These are loaned out to various exhibitors (2016: in Wisconsin). I worked with
Lindy Woodhead over the span of two years on her book "Shopping, Seduction, and Mr Selfridge", and loaned the
store many items for the 2009 exhibit. I also worked for several months on the PBS Secrets of Selfridge
documentary. I did not work on the TV series "Mr Selfridge" except for my involvement in Lindy's excellent book.
I am happy to answer questions to the best of my ability about the family I grew up in.
illustratingshadows at yahoo dot com
|My main website about
sundials is here
|My page for my free lino cut