David N. Dodson

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David N. Dodson
David N. Dodson


David N. Dodson


David N. Dodson


Yes! Attending Reunion
Spouse/Partner, children, grands and steps: Partner: Nancy Laurel Hubler, Tucson, AZ. 1 daughter, 2 granddaughters, 4 grandsons, 1 great-grandson
More about Spouse/Partner or Special Friends: I sold the Phoenix house last year and just now (Feb, 2023) bought a small place in Tucson, AZ with More…my fiancee. Currently doing extensive remodel. Had a talk with John Mather '68 at our 50th reunion about the Big Bang Hypothesis, where I expressed a number of doubts. Been writing papers about it for years, and would love a discussion group on the subject at our 55th. Accepted to Berkeley Physics undergrad program with honors, but chose Swarthmore instead.

Have one fiancee, one daughter, 6 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. All in the West except a granddaughter in Kentucky. Home is where Nancy is and remodeling is my current passion.
Your personal or professional website: https://www.DavesWorld.org
Career History: I was a high-level computer programmer. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles gave programming zero value, making large corporate entities incapable of large, prolonged software projects. 17 years, poor pay, long hours, success, frustration.
Military, Peace Corps, Alternative Service, Protestor: How was it for you: Army Missile Air Defense  
City and State: Phoenix, AZ USA
Education History since Swarthmore:

BS cum laude Computer Science, University of California, Irvine.
Undergraduate work in psychology at Orange Coast College and
California State University, Fullerton
Graduate work at California State University, Fullerton
Certified as a spiritual healer through a three-year intensive.

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Studied spiritual psychology independently for many years.

I believe that dogmatic nationalism, dogmatic religiosity, dogmatic racism, and dogmatic sexism divide our single human family into squabbling segments which we preserve in order to belong; the exclusion paradox.

I have a dissident views about the Big Bang theory. Maybe time is NOT the reading on an atomic clock. Maybe the redshifts have a second or third cause rather than showing everything (even at the "start of time" rushing away from everything else.

And maybe international corporate capitalism isn't the answer to all mankind's needs -- even those of the extremely wealthy.

Military? Alternative Service? Peace Corps? Protestor? Canada? If none of the above apply to you how did you relate to the war? Personally, through friends, family. Leave blank if you don't want to answer the question.

I served in the United States Army between 4-4-66 and 4-3-69. No, this isn't a typo. I dropped out halfway through my sophomore year. And no, I didn't flunk out. I found a non-combat specialty with a high re-enlistment bonus and avoided OCS like the death sentence it was for many of my fellows.

I came to believe that killing people in their own towns and cities was a bad idea -- even if they HAD been a threat to us, which the Vietnamese weren't. When we finally left, the Vietnamese almost immediately turned to defending their ancient nation from other colonialists -- who happened to be the hated Chinese colonialists.

I found an MOS that wasn't in Vietnam and had a high re-enlistment bonus and avoided Officers Candidate School like a death warrant. Served in an E7/E8 position as a nuclear weapons custodian and in an E6 position as a Nike Hercules Air Defense Missile Assembly Sergeant...waiting with nuclear missiles to try and shoot down enemy planes AFTER they'd bombed Cincinnati or Dayton.

Losses, illness, challenges? Spiritual/religious musings?

Imagine John Lennon's Imagine. I think it's our job to create Heaven here on Earth. We need to believe in an inclusive God who has a purpose for everything, whether "good" or "bad."

Favorite memory from Swarthmore years:

Winning the MASCAC conference title in football. Living in the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house. Being liked by a girl I considered way out of my class. Bobsledding the Crum Woods on cafeteria trays.

I was a C student in world history, but I loved it. This class; about the whys, not just the whos, whats, whens, and wheres; sparked something in me that has grown throughout my life.

I was an A student in Engineering and was bored to tears in class. The teacher threatened to flunk me (despite stellar tests) if I didn't go to class.

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I went to the 50-year reunion and hope to attend the 60-year reunion and maybe one of the storied foreign trips for grads (if I can afford it).

I'm convinced that the billions of dollars we spend each year (34% of the world's war budget "defending" 4.2% of the world's population in one of the safest parts of the planet) is absurd and counter-productive. We have 200,000 troops and a massive number of sophisticated killing machines spread out in foreign lands, oceans and seas using threats and bullying to maintain our superior financial status ... the poor and middle classes aiding the wealthy in their unending quest for "return on investment" otherwise known as profit.

We occupy just Japan, Germany, and South Korea with 100,000 troops and we've been there for 65-75 years and counting. An additional 100,000 are in other parts of the world where they often serve the financial interests of our wealthy rather than the social wellbeing of our society in general.

I was a nuclear missile maintenance man and I can assure you that each and every nuclear bomb (spread all over the globe) is a terrorist weapon and has been since it was manufactured. They serve no other purpose.

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I'm worried about the current wave of voter suppression laws. Shouldn't we be going in the other direction? Hillary, let alone Joe, was the democratic choice. Maybe we should consider pushing back voting to be a democracy rather than a republic; to ACTUALLY be led by the choice of the majority. And when $100/voter is spent on Georgia's runoff senate elections, should both parties be supporting this imbalance that money has infused into our democratic processes?

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