About Bob Holden

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Bob Holden

Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. You've probably arrived because you are curious about me, so here is a little background.

I was born in the West San Fernando Valley of Southern California and lived there for 45 years. I did the normal kid things, had a paper route, worked for Jack In The Box, Duke of Bourbon Liquors, several San Fernando Valley Landscape and Irrigation businesses, and . In addition to having fun, I

I graduated Canoga Park High School despite having ADD(Attention Deficit Disorder) and not quite fitting the acceptable scholastic stereotype in order to be considered a successful student. However, I did not want to stop learning and in 1970, I attended Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, CA and took classes in a somewhat new field of Systems Analysis, which would turn out to be my life's work.

My studies were interrupted by an unlucky draw in the Selective Service draft, putting me in a position of either becoming what I thought of as "cannon fodder", or taking life by the horns and choosing to volunteer for the draft, which turned out to be a very good choice in hindsight. To make a long story short, I served 2 years in the US Army in various Administrative positions while managing to stay stateside during the Vietnam "war" learning and working at duty stations such as Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Ord, CA, Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN, and Fort Carson, CO. My last duty assignment was a dream job of Testing Examiner at the Armed Forces Qualification Tests given at the Armed Forces Entrance Station located on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, only a few miles from Hollywood, CA, and jokingly referred by all that worked there as "Fort Hollywood."

Upon my release from active duty, I returned to Community College and began focusing on Small Business, Systems Analysis, Physical Sciences, and Ceramics Arts studies, thinking that there was a market for hand crafted pottery items. Unfortunately, although I was receiving VA Benefits for school, it wasn't quite enough to make ends meet and I found myself looking for a job in the Ceramics Industry. I finally found one at Mayco Colors, in Chatsworth, CA and started out in the Shipping/Receiving department, hoping to work my way into the formulating end of the business. In the evenings, I began to teach myself how to program computers in this newfangled programming language called BASIC.

Alas, sometimes what WE want isn't in the Big Plan, and is thwarted by others, and I started looking for additional money, first starting out as a part time order picker for Sunset Trading Company in Van Nuys, a laid back company which wholesaled fresh juices, breads, and other food products from companies such as Escondido Juice, Foods For Life Bakery, Bill Bakers Ojai Bakery, Kowalke Sprouts, Garden of Eatin', Mountain High, Continental Yogurt, Ojai Valley Salsa, Nemo's, Hain, and others you would probably recognize, but were new companies back then.


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