Colleen Toye Mandeville, Louisiana, USA
My husband, Wayne, has always been interested in the electronics field, even working week-ends and after school in a near by electronics company.
One day in his senior year in H.S. he watched as a couple of men from another electronics company fix the cameras in the classroom that were to show the teacher and his graphics in several rooms, and was very interested. Being very poor, he scavaged the left over wire that the guys had thrown away and brought it home to wire speakers in different parts of the family home, even using a broken flashlight as a speaker encloser in the bathroom or under the couch. What a jokester!
Upon graduating from H.S., he applied at Consolidated Electronics, the same company he had seen at his H.S. and he was immediately hired.
During his time at Consolidated Electronics, Uncle Sam called him to get his physical for the Vietname War. Lucky for him, he was given a medical deferment for 3 months and during that time, he went to the Air National Guard unit to see if he could get into the Airforce. Because of the Consolidated Electronics shirt he was wearing, the sargent asked him if he had any knowledge of electronics. He found out later the shirt had gotten him out of the Army and into the Airforce Reserve.
A few months later the company was sold and split and he had the option of going into either school or hospital electronics. Wayne chose hospital electronics. Because of his imagination, he was given the kind of projects that would require finding different ways to make things work to please the hospital administration.
When his company decided to leave the country and go back to England, Wayne was laid off, only to start his own company, Media Technology. Over the past 25 years, he has done very well in the specialized field of Access Control, Video Systems and Nurse Call systems in hospitals.
Even though Wayne lost most of his sight 7 years ago, he is still involved in his business along side our son and continues to be a Mentor....for free!
Thank you to my wonderful husband for being an inspiration for our family!