Watson residences before Jim was born
To June 1942: 2116 Monroe Ave & 2116 Fox Ave, Madison Wisconsin
June 1942 - December 13, 1943: Houma Louisiana
Dec 15, 1943 - June 7, 1946: Black Bayou, Louisiana (brother Bill born)
Sept 10, 1946 - Jan 17, 1949: Maplewood (Lake Charles), Louisiana (brother Steve born)
Jan 18, 1949 - Feb 3, 1951: Parkchester Apartments, New Orleans
New Orleans - Jim is born
July 27, 1950 - Aug 2, 1950: Touro Infirmary hospital
Aug 2, 1950 - Feb 3, 1951: Parkchester Apartments, 4503 Perlita Street
Feb 3, 1951 - Jan 25, 1952: 4730 Baccich Street house, Gentilly Terrace
Dallas
Jan 27, 1952: Tower Courts motel, Harry Hines & Loop 12
Jan 28, 1952 - Jan 29, 1958: 6727 Woodland Drive
Jan 30, 1958 - 2003: 6631 Orchid Lane
Austin
Sept 1968 - May 1969: UT Prather Hall dorm
Sept 1969 - May 1970: UT Jester Center dorm, room M467
Aug 1970 - December 1972: Sigma Chi fraternity house
January 1973 - May 1973: 1901 Willow Creek, apt 104
May 1973 - July 1974: 4104 Ridgelea
Dallas
July 1974 - January 1979
     Orchid Lane
     Timbercreek studio apartment, NWest Hwy & Skillman
     Saracen apartment, Turtle Creek
Austin
Spring 1979: Big white house: 909 West 22.5 Street
Dallas
May 1979 - Aug 1979: Orchid Lane
Aug 1979 - Sept 1979: Oak Lawn, Alamo apartment
Sept 1979 - Dec 1979: Orchid Lane
Dec 1979 - Aug 1987
     Timbercreek, 3 apartments
     Skillman/LBJ: apt 2071
Edmond
August 1987 - June 1992: Windrush apt, 15th Street
July 1992: Wallo house: East 7th Street
August 1992 - May 1995: 606 West 7th house
May 1995 - now: 424 East 4th house
New York City
March 2004 - April 2016: Cove Club 5-S: 2 South End Avenue
Austin
November 2018 - now: Condo 2908: 222 West Avenue

Some favorite jobs
• Six Flags ride operator, 4 summers 1967-70: parking lot trams, Tower, 'doubles' log ride More
• UT Orientation Advisor, 2 summers 1970-71, Jester and Kinsolving, training retreats
• Teacher: play with minds in the classroom
Least favorites
• Paperboy as an adult - it was okay as a kid, but not while in Graduate School
• Ad sales: UT pearl magazine, Dallas Times Herald. I am just not a good salesman. If someone doesn't want something, its tough for me to talk them into it - unless I feel passionate about the value it would have for them. But ad sales? I am not passionate about persuading someone to buy an ad.
Others
• Unloading produce trucks in downtown Dallas and Irving: early mornings, physical, satisfying
• Gordon Sibeck & Associates, Architects, 1967, presstype, logos from Mobil offices
• Texas State Trooper cafeteria, Austin, early 1970s, busboy, dishwasher
• 2-J's Hamburgers busboy and drinks, frat guys came in, Austin, early 1970s
• Baker's Dozen, Dobie Mall, Austin, early 1970s
• Dobie Mall Promotions Director, 1974, not much fun, back to school promotion, Christmas decorations with empty light sockets, designed mall improvements
• TV Facts production, hired even though I was "overqualified", wrote horoscopes, redesigned headings, 1975
• Dallas Times Herald, 1975
• TGI Friday's Restaurant, Dallas, 1975-81
• Richland College designer, fast, efficient

Chronology of Jim's life

1950

House on Baccich Street New Orleans: 1950-1952 My father worked for Shell Oil in downtown New Orleans. We lived in an apartment (that has since been razed) and this white frame house (now yellow) north of the French Quarter.
Emerged at 9 pounds, 0 ounces, Touro Infirmary, New Orleans;
      Doctor G. Johnson, Thursday, July 27, 10:29 - 10:42am
Named: James Robert: the two most popular baby names for 1950:

Watson is a sept (English word for a division of a family) of the Clan Buchanan. Clan origin: 1225 grant of lands on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond in Scotland to clergyman Sir Absalon of Buchanan by the Earl of Lennox.
  First road trip: rode home from the hospital, August 2
  First vacation trip: family went to City Park in New Orleans, August 13
1951

Chicken pox, Febuary 8
Baptized, April 1
First step - Mom: "One step, and that's all", July 27
  Madison, WI (Grandfather Remmel died in June)
Grandfather Watson died, October
1952
  New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Dallas: Dad took a job with a petroleum consulting firm in Dallas

Dallas: first night at Tower Courts motel (upper right of aerial) on US 77 (Harry Hines Blvd) and Loop 12, January 27
Dallas: new house off Hillcrest, north of Northwest Hwy: 6727 Woodland Drive, January 28 - January 29, 1958

Joined Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
Halloween trick-or-treating, birthday parties
Listening to Amahl and the Night Visitors
Running the hallway loop being chased by Blackie, the family dog
Bringing the class rabbit home for the weekend
Black Bart stories in the backyard, 20 Questions, Stargazing
The neighborhood gang: Cheryl Teskey, Margie Chalkley, Ed Wynn
Construction blocks
Bunk beds
Walking home for the first time from school with Margie - stopping off to watch paving of Hillcrest - worrying the parents who frantically searched for us
  Adopted Blackie, first family dog

1953
  Madison, Westby; family, July 24 - August 28
Tonsils removed, November 7
1954
  Colorado Springs, Denver; family, August 27 - September 5

1955
  San Antonio; family, July 29-31
Polio shot, November 28

1956
  Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas; family, July 28 - August 18
At Knott's, I saw this envelope of flat card stock with models of some of the park buildings. I loved to make models and was so eager to get it home and build these. I cherished the models; set them up on Margie Chalkley's card table in their den. It inspired a lifetime of delight in designing and making models.



1st Grade: Preston Hollow Elementary School, Ms Franklin, 1st day of school in new clothes
Playing in Preston Hollow Park - arts & crafts in the pavilion, swimming in the summer

Lobello's drive-in, Preston Center
Putting on puppet shows with Cheryl and Margie
Cub scouts
Camps: Argyle, Wisdom, I35 racetrack, tree pole shelter, Grady Spruce
Keds, and Thom McAn shoes
Candy cigarettes, Lik-M-Aid, baseball card gum, Bazooka gum
Butch wax, Brylcreem (a little dab'll do ya), Vitalis, Ipana toothpaste (Bucky Beaver)
TV test patterns and static sound that came on after the last show and the national anthem
5 channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, KWTV Local, and Educational
Howdy Doody, Davy Crockett, Disneyland (later Disney's Wonderful World of Color)
Metal strap-on roller skates

Drive in movies at NW Hwy Drive in. Playground up front. Above foto 1941 - 11 years before we moved to Dallas. Later, the back of the screen had a mural of a clown on an elephant bending down to brush the elephant's teeth.

1957

Tornado from Oak Cliff along Harry Hines Exchange Center to Love Field; Dad took us onto Woodland to watch, April 2, 4:20-4:50p
  Quartz Mountain/Lake Altus, Oklahoma; family, August 18-23

Birthday parties or visits to Storybook Land (April 1956-1962) and Cowboy Town (1958-1962)
2nd Grade: Preston Hollow Elementary School, Mrs. Skipping?

Each grandmother would take the train from Madison WI to Dallas to visit. To avoid downtown chaos on the other side of the tracks, we would park in the lot shown above and use a tunnel under the tracks to the ramps to each platform and on to Union Station. That same tunnel is now used to connect Union Station to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which stands where the parking lot is in the photo.
Above right: Dad flew out of Love Field airport for many business trips. Enjoyed the new culture of flight.

New terminal below:

1958
Moved to Orchid Lane, Dallas: January 30 - 2003

As the family needed more space, the Watsons moved about a mile north to Orchid Lane, near Hillcrest & Royal Lane in Preston Hollow. We ate most meals at home; Mom cooked almost every day and when dad got home from work, we sat down together at the table, and if I didn't like what was on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did. The closest we had to fast food was Youngblood's Fried Chicken, Pizza by Marco, Jack in the Box out on Forest Lane, and later, KFC. Our parents never wore jeans or had a credit card. Later, they had something called a revolving charge card, PrestoCharge and, then, PrestoCard. My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we had never heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that had three speeds. I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the hall. There was a long cord so we could take the phone into the first bedroom and have some privacy when talking to girls. Later, we got additional phones in the kitchen and in my parent's bedroom. Wanted to get the fashion, what was in style: Madras fabric: shirts and pants and Thick black ribbed-sole shoes from Thom McAn (David Rosenfield had them) and I had to have them; Cole-Haan shoes at UT.
Spring Valley Country Club - driving up Preston past farmhouses, we counted the number of water wells.
North Lake - water skiing.
Boy scouts.
Playing the game of Clue - probly my favorite - it was a mind game.

Stepping into shorts and running outside to play all day long, "Time to come in, tomorrow's another day."
I built complete villages of houses and roads in the sandbox next to Doug's garage
Dinners with the family

Pebble art kits that mom and I made
Plastic building blocks that led to highways, houses, and skyscrapers




Mimosa blossoms, cool Bermuda grass, and a warm kitchen
Exploring the alleys and vacant lots, with Doug and David
Plastic model cars and balsa wood ships
Measles, April 18
  Madison; family, July 27 - August 9

Madison WI. Above: Grandma Remmel: 2116 Fox Avenue. Grandma Watson: 2116 Monroe Avenue


3rd Grade: George B. Dealey Elementary School:
      Doug Reaves, David Lougee, David Rosenfield, Jerry Mankovsky, Alec Pridgeon, John Weinhardt, Jay Fisher, Randy McCommons, Judy Studdard, Linda Dahl
Square dancing: the music, the movements, the smiles, my red pants. I loved putting on those red pants - it was going to be a good day when I wore them. No matter what happened that day, it was going to be good. In the class where we learned to square dance, those pants were just sharp - the envy of all. Or, at least so I thought. Bright red. How can you go wrong with red pants?
Transistor radios, admiring others on the ramp after school
Walked halls and restrooms during PE
Missed PE - had to do situps by myself: farted each time, student holding my legs - we all stifled laughter
Train sets: As a kid, like most kids growing up in the 1950s, I had a Lionel train set. Christmas present - with mom at Sears on Greenville Avenue - 3 plastic buildings. Could pick one on Christmas Eve, Even though, I knew there would be no surprise, I picked that one because I was so excited to build those buildings. Later, alone in Edmond in the late 1980s, I would often eat at Wyatt's Cafeteria in Bryant Square (as we had done as kids in Preston Center). After eating, I would walk next door to the Hobby Lobby store to check out the train sets. Traveled Route 66 and the Interurban route. Saw train set and realized I could develop a layout combining those two. Train shops in OKC and Dallas.

1959
  Houston, Galveston; family, July 10-12
4th Grade: George B. Dealey Elementary School: Mrs. Leedom?
1960
  Gunnison, Colorado Springs; family, July 22-30
5th Grade: George B. Dealey Elementary School
Cub scouts, Preston Hollow cafeteria: pinewood derby races.
1961
  Grand Saline salt mine, April 3
Scout exposition: sand painter, April 8
Camp Grady Spruce, YMCA, June 9

  Civil War sites, Williamsburg, Washington DC, New York City, Wisconsin; family, July 23 - August 10
Tan Plymouth station wagon with a rear-facing third row - we loved to ride back there on road trips. Once, we put a blanket up over and behind us, blocking us from the rest of the car.
Six Flags over Texas opened: August 5 (not sure when our first visit was)
6th Grade: George B. Dealey Elementary School
1962
Red measles, May 4
Aida Metropolitan Opera, with mom, May 13
  New Orleans; family, summer
  Mineral Wells; family, summer
Camp Grady Spruce, summer
7th Grade: George B. Dealey Elementary School, Ms. Hollis(?)
Dick Chaplin School of Dance classes, fall
  Hamsters: Gus and others, fall
1963
Dallas Theater Center teen class, summer

Camp Constantine, Boy Scouts
  St. Louis, Chicago, Madison, Sunday Lake; family, August 10-26

8th Grade: Benjamin Franklin Junior High School:
    Randy McCommons, Alec Pridgeon, Guide, JFK news, football stands.
1950s radio: KLIF was downtown in a flatiron-style building with a glassed-in studio at the point. KBOX was north of Northwest Highway, just past White Rock Lake. Contests, new releases. Beach Boys gave two sides of latest record, one to each station: 'God Only Knows' (KBOX) and 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' (KLIF).Top Value and S&H greenstamps
Metal ice trays with levers
Mimeograph paper in school, sniffing the ink
Blue flashbulbs
Skateboard: customized with rubber bumper and burlap texture
Threw paper route on bicycle - sang and wrote songs while walking predawn, I got up at 4:30a every morning, on Saturday, I collected the 50 cents from my customers

Preston Forest: Minsky's record shop, Slot car raceway, A&P shopping with mom, Titche's: Boy Scout shop, record dept Sound of Music, Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Luby's Cafeteria almost every Sunday with organ music and 2 serving lines
Braces, Dr. Roark, retainer: September
Boy Scout Pack 800 at Northhaven Church, dad was a Scoutmaster
JFKennedy assassinated: November 22: the principal interrupted Mrs. Gambrell's 8th grade English class with an announcement over the PA, tears, silence, quiet hall, science room tv, tv all weekend, Sunday, dad & I went to Luby's for take-out, got home to mom at the den door telling us of Oswald's assassination
1964
Watched the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show: Febuary 9 &16
Other childhood television: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Laugh-In, Gary Moore Show, The Flintstones on Friday nights, Jetsons, cartoons on Saturday morning



Movies at Preston Royal Theater. Rode bikes, saw 4-D Man; John Cobb's Airway Drugs and soda fountain, toy store, barber shop, TG&Y dime store, Post Office, ice cream parlor, 7-Eleven, Marco's Pizza, hobby shop: model cars - some minor customizing Buick station wagon - black with a few chrome accents. I entered it in a contest but it was not quite slick enough - a bit clumsy in the assembling, gluing, and painting. I was disappointed.
Mom bought me a model cars at a discount store on central north of Forest - FedMart? and Sears on Greenville and Ross.
I mowed lawns for $5 and, while I was mowing, I would think about what model kit I would get with the money. Some of the yards were within walking distance of the store with the models, so I could go there straight from work and get my reward. Of course, I never saved money, I spent it as soon as I got it. But I built up quite a collection of model cars.

The Sound of Music starring Ann Blyth, my first live musical, Dallas Summer Musicals; June. Bought SoM soundtrack at Titche's Preston Forest
Built tepee-style log shelter at camp, inspired by Indian lodges:

Camp Constantine
  Orange TX, Maplewood LA, New Orleans; mom drives, August
9th Grade: Benjamin Franklin Junior High School
Mexican Folklore Dances: set designs, trip to Corsicana.

Wisdom teeth removed, August 20
Rode bicycle to Preston Ticket Agency at about 5a to get in line for tickets to the upcoming Beatles concert.
Awakened by brothers to go to airport to see the Beatles land - we got right up to the car.

Beatles concert ($5 ticket), Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Friday, September 18
    Randy & Jim McCommons, Alec Pridgeon
Dave Clark Five concert, December 7 ($5.90)
1965


The Impalas: Junior High band - Bob Schlotterbeck, Randy McCommons, Rick Hopkins, me on the drums
Benjamin Franklin Junior High School: Red Guide, spring

Philmont Boy Scout camp, New Mexico, July 5
Rank of Life Scout, 2 merit badges away from Eagle

10th grade: Hillcrest High School, fall


High school hangout: Kip's Big Boy coffee shop - Big Boy triple decker hamburgers, fries, chocolate malts
The Cavern Club, blacklights, bouncer, drinks
Drinking in car at synagogue, put in soda cups, chased by older kids
Backstage, Butterfinger bars, reworking flats in hallways, painting spirit posters, animating them, building the model stage
Hi-fi's: 45 RPM records, mono LPs, transistor radios
  Blackie put to sleep, fall
Rolling Stones concert, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Sunday, November 21
  Chica adopted, Christmas; second family dog
1966

Driving class: Mr. Tysor 'Behind-the-wheel', June
UT Tower shooting: August 1
  Georgetown; Austin; San Marcos; San Antonio; Monterey, Mexico; mom, August 24
Accident in Impala, August, early morning
Set crew at Theater Three
Camp Argyle, church day camp
The Animals, Herman's Hermits concert, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, July 16
11th grade: Hillcrest High School: Andrea Williams, fall
Watched filming of Bonnie & Clyde, Greenville Avenue, November
1967
The King and I, Hillcrest High School set designer, late nights, backstage gang: Laird McDonald, Barbara Smith, Chris Chernoff,
          Joe Chapman, Ann Kilby, Becky Kennedy, Allen Smoot, Abe Frishman, Febuary 16-18
Thanes Hi-Y: Randy McCommons
Art Service Club, President: Ms Hudson, spirit posters and pep assemblies
First Place Art awards, Student Crafts Fair
Post & Lintel Club, Vice President
Red Shirts male spirit group
School rep to Downtown Rotary Club
Late nite/early morn study/cram during high school - in the living room

Jack tacos from Jack-in-the-Box on the Forest Lane cruise drag strip
Six Flags, parking lot night shift, July 1
For Heaven's Sake, set design, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, July 24
  Atlanta & Florida; mom & dad, August 14
12th grade: Hillcrest High School
The Girls in 509, Hillcrest set designs, December 15-16
1968

Season tickets to Bronco Theater, Oak Cliff
Soroptomist Citizenship Award, January 23
Spring Thaw, Hillcrest: Spring
Hillcrest High School Hall of Fame

Senior Prom, May 17, Barbara Smith Grant
Graduation: Hillcrest High School, May 30; All-night party at Six Flags

Six Flags, Tower
, Asst Ride Foreman: Marge Johnson, Larry Wine, Rodney Elkins, summer
Worked at Gordon Sibeck Architects, June
Camptown Theater: The Drunkard, set design: summer
Watched the Apollo moon walk & Neil Armstrong while dozing on the den floor
UT Summer Freshman Orientation: Derek O'Brian, Lars Lundahl, August 4-8
Austin: Enroll University of Texas, September 16

UT Prather Hall, September 1968 - May 1969: Mike Spradlin (1st roommate), Chuck Muller (2nd),
      Marty Crutsinger, Andy Anderson, Walter Hyde, Gene Gardner, Dan Wheelus

UT Drama major: Greg Grove, George Cook, Joanie Prather, Ronny Strew, Trisha, The Great Cross-Country Race
      Faculty: Franny (Dance), John Rothgeb, David Nancarrow, Arnold (Acting), Jim (stagecraft)
  San Antonio, HemisFair; Barbara, fall
1969
Gypsy (role: stagehand), UT, April 21-26
Six Flags: worked double shifts, Scholarship Award, summer
Bought 1966 white Mustang
History class: UT Arlington, Barbara, summer
UT Jester Center dorm, room M467, Austin: September 1969 - May 1970



Wall covered with Budweiser posters
Roommate John, from Midland/Odessa, his friend Brent
8-track and cassette tapes
Painted soap on blinds - visible only under blacklight
Louie's - didn't check IDs
Gin at dorm room on Nueces (with Andy Anderson?): bushes by old house, dorm room, black out, shower
Bought most supplies and balsa wood at the University Co-op:

UT Art: Commercial Art major

  Houston, AstroWorld: Joe, Becky, Barbara, fall
Pledged Sigma Chi fraternity, November 7: Tom White, Jerry Landers, Jim Craver, Ed Baxter, Tom Bartley,
      John Jarvis, Ren Maupin, Cliff Logan, Billy Baird, Don Drinkard, Nick Moore, Don Block, Jack Payne
Vietnam draft lottery: Number 289 (of 366 - no going to Nam), December 1
1970
UT Round-Up chair: designed Sweetheart Presentation stage set
Six Flags, summer
Sigma Chi house 2701 Nueces St, Austin: August - December 1972








     Room 2: Jim Craver (from OKC)
     Officer's room: Mark Johnson, Treasurer
     Room 4?: Bill Rogan
     Room 5 remodeled: Greg Dial, Mark Leifeste
     Room 18: single room
John Dalby, Robert Dalby, Ed Eubanks, John Bibo, Jim Bibo, Dennis Johnston, Howard Isbell, Keith Christian, Sid Bemus
Sigma Chi House Manager: Spring

  La Grange; Lana at Chicken Ranch, Scott
  Padre Island; Jimmy Scruggs, Tom, Jerry, fall
UT Freshman Orientation Advisor, Wimberley retreat, Jester Center: Jack Balagia, Tim Dickey, Cheryl Goodman, Karen Barton
Sigma Chi Pledge Trainer: Fall
UT Dad's Day, October 30-31
Sigma Chi Outstanding Member award
  Winter Park, skiing: Tom, Jerry, fall/winter
1971

UT Advertising: Journalism Building, Bill Mindak
Sigma Chi, President: Milton Jackson, Mark Johnson, Carl Moerer, January-December

UT Freshman Orientation Advisor, Wimberley retreat, Kinsolving dorm: Sarah Martin, Bill Arnold
UT Freshman Experience Advisor, Wimberley retreat: Barbara Smith
UT: Suzanne Morris
  Sigma Chi Pledging & Rushing committee meeting: Chicago, Evanston, March
    Sigma Chi Leadership Training workshop: Dekalb IL: Tulsa, Six Flags over Mid-America, St. Louis, DeKalb IL, (fly home), August
  Milwaukee & Madison: Steve & Heidi wedding, September 18-19
  Sigma Chi Pledging & Rushing committee meeting: Salt Lake City
Campus Crusade for Christ, study groups, conference in Dallas

1972
  Tiger, the cat, died: Febuary
  Dallas: Six Flags auditions, Sarah Martin.
  New York City, UT study tour: Dr. Pierce, Guy Bommarito, De Rumpf, Tom Kuykendall, Doug Poole, Larry Fuller, spring break

Roots shoes, store on 24th?
1973
  Colorado: ski trip, Jerry, Tom, Gary; January
Lived in Willowcreek apartment Austin: January-May


JB the dog
Gary Hunter, Bill McElvoy(?)
Corn marijuana, Stairway to Heaven
Director, UT Advertising Club
Designed logo and materials, UT School of Communication
UT Parents' Day: Communications Building, Advertising tour, mom & dad; shake LBJ's hand, March

Interned at Dallas Times Herald: Casey Cohlmia, Jean Prejean, John Wolf, Debbie Kaufman, May 29
  Houston; July

House: 4104 Ridgelea; Tom Bartley & Tom White: May - July 1974
Mounted large realistic photo of woman's head peering out from kitchen
Mounted a chair, rug, and floor lamp on the wall
Jeet? Jew? Squeat.
  Mexico City, Sheraton Maria Isabel; family Christmas
1974
Grandmother Remmel died; March 15
Designer & copywriter: Highland Mall, Austin
Designed billboard & program cover: Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair
Outstanding Intern Award, State of Texas: Dallas Times Herald, March 9
Left UT, May 10
Promotions Manager, Dobie Mall, Dennis Cavanaugh, Stanley Clark, Wesley, July
1975
  Aspen, April, Jerry, Linda, January 5-14
  Austin, January 16-19
  Austin, Febuary 28 - March 3
Interviewed: Tracy-Locke, TGIFriday's
TV Facts: Art Director, Production Artist, horoscope writer, March 6
Spanish class, Richland, spring
Dallas Times Herald: ad sales:
      John Wolf, Tom Farrell, Jim Wilson, Debbie Kaufman, Casca Schade, March 26
  Austin Guadalupe River, May 2-4
  Houston, Bolshoi Ballet, mom and dad, June
Interior Design class: Eastfield College, summer
  Austin, July 4-6
  Austin Pedernales River, July 19-20
Grandmother Watson died; July 31
Idea for round backgammon, Dallas, August 30
Spanish class: Richland, fall
  Austin, September 12-15
Designed round Backgammon board, September/October
  Houston, East Texas, Galveston, October 3-9
TGI Friday's waiter, Training: October 24, Waiting: November 3
      Barry Crook, Eric Sham, Dale Travis, John Wilson, Julie Winans,
      Marty Konavalski, Mike Albers, Mike McClure, Rush Bowman, Vic Argenzio
Built round Backgammon board prototypes, November 5-12
1976
US Patent filed: round Backgammon board, January 28
  New York City; Backgammon board presented: Pressman Toys; Tom's play: March 3-7
Oswald Jacoby plays on Backgammon board, Dallas, March 11
Meet with Jim Devlin and Anita Rufus, Backgammon board, Dallas, March 20
  New York City; Backgammon: Pressman, Jacoby, Jim Devlin, contract; New Jersey factory, April 6-12
Designed Point Blank press kit
Designed T White's play set: Yes, No & Yellow
Signed contract - Patent rights sold to Pressman Toy Company: April 26
  New York City; Backgammon model approval; New Jersey factory; August 17
      Boston: Woody Kane, Plymouth, Cape
Assistant Headwaiter, TGIF, June-October
Headwaiter, TGIF: Thomas Boggs, Paul Heyd, Herman Rudolph, Freddie, Jeff Cheek,
      Jim West, Steve Betzelberger, Nancy Donahue, November-December
1977
Designed & built soft round dining table: January
  New York City; Backgammon, American Toy Fair: Febuary 16, 17, 21
Dallas Toy Show, Backgammon: March 20-24
Received first Backgammon produced boards: May 2
  Phoenix, Las Vegas, Marina Del Rey (open: May 19); TGIF: Mike McClure; Grand Canyon
Received 1st Backgammon royalty check: July 25
Trained managers, TGIF, summer
  Los Angeles, Las Vegas: September
  New Orleans: King Tut at Art Museum, Fall
US Design Patent: Backgammon in the Round, November 8
Designed bed and mattress: December
1978
  Tampa; TGIF, January
  (TGIF van) Chicago (Schaumburg open: Mar 17), Cleveland (Mayfield Hts open: Apr 17),
    Ft. Lauderdale (open: Jun 26), Atlanta, Nashville, Louisville; TGIF: Paul Curran, Nora Hughes,
    Lenzy Griffin, Lee Ann Malina, Brad Nelson, Gary Sweatt, Malcolm MacRae
  Jamaica; TGIF, Nora, Lenzy, Brad, July
  Longview TX, May
  Colorado; Jerry, summer
  Austin, trip home: car trouble, inspired to become a teacher, October
Teaching Assistant: Arts Magnet High School, October-November
  TGIF: Denver, Los Angeles, Dayton, Shreveport, Houston, St. Louis; September
TGIF corporate office: record training tape voiceovers: Mikey Baker, fall
1979
  TGIF: St. Louis, January 2-5
Lived in Big white house Austin: Spring

Right: my room on the 2nd floor, far left, jutting out, small square window is the bathroom, sleeping porch to the right.
Shared bath, no shower - sat in tub
Built Tripod House model
UT Austin, BS degree in Advertising, spring
  TGIF: Houston, Febuary 16-19
  Headwaiter Seminar, San Diego, Los Angeles TGIF, June


Graduate School, University of North Texas, summer and fall
  Providence RI; April Rapier, July
Took Mensa test, July 28
Taught at Performing & Visual Arts High School, August 20
    Admin: Paul Baker, Darrell Chambers, Jim Gray, Dolores Arnold
    Faculty: Louise Smith, Roger Richards, George Moseley, Karen Cogdill, Jane Farris, Molly Dean,
        Sally, Wanda Hill, Margaret Hull, Roseanne Cox, Tom Asher, Scott Davidson, Sandra May
    Students: Seth Pybas, Trysh Travis, Holly Rudin, Matthew Broussard, Jennifer, Rory Owen,
        Jeff Stoddart, Chris Luxem, Michael Dain, John Mullins, Dean Whitus, Laith Al-Ubaidi,
        Trent Bomar, David Chambers, Max Hatzenbuehler, Larry Malvern, Tammy White,
        Daniel Webster, Greg Steele, John Bush, Tricia Reynolds, Steph Rodkey, Roy Turpin
Lived at Alamo Oak Lawn, August
TGIF, host/doorman, fall
Took Allison to Six Flags, October
  Houston, November
Lived at Timbercreek and Skillman/LBJ: December 1979 - August 1987

Enjoyed the new limited-menu tacos and margaritas at the first Chili's on Greenville at Meadow, in a rumored former bar and speakeasy on the old highway to Oklahoma. It was torn down to accommodate the widening of Greenville Avenue. The replacement building is at the back far right, ready to open.
1980
Graduate School, UNT, spring, summer, and fall
Classes downtown at 1st Baptist building
Summers at UNT: shuttle bus from NorthTown and Valley View, carpools
PVAHS, Blood Wedding set designed by Sharon Campbell, spring
Designed & built sofa units, studio furniture, stereo cabinet: spring
TGIF, host/doorman: Lisa Cordova, Blake Nelon, Ned Durbin,
    Christopher Stephens, Debbie Trevino, Jon Allred
Attended Mormon church, baptized
PVAHS, Crucible, fall
PVAHS, Under the Gaslight, fall
1981
Graduate School, UNT, spring, summer, and fall
PVAHS, spring
PVAHS, The Matchmaker, fall
  New York City: student study tour, Wanda Hill, March 19-24
TGIF, spring
  Eureka Springs, Branson; AMHS, April
Wrote Theater Design curriculum, summer
Meditated, jogged, summer
  London, Egypt, Amsterdam; Cats, Nile cruise, Anne Frank house, mom & dad, August 14-28
  Hamsters with Habitrail, fall
1982
Graduate School, UNT, spring, summer, and fall
Remodeled Billy Bob VW van, spring
Richland College Graphics: Susan Russell, Dianna Kozlowski,
    Larry Howard, Leigh Anne Dial, Casey Shaw, spring
  Chica went away to die, May
Graduated UNT, MEd, honor fraternities, May 15
Evita, White Rock bicycle, summer
  Galveston; Jerry Landers, summer
  East Texas; Jerry Landers, summer
  Cherokee Lake; Jerry, Labor Day
Inversion boots
  Cozumel, Mexico; Jerry, Thanksgiving
1983
Graduate School, UNT, spring, summer, and fall: Donna Adams, spring
Richland College Graphics, spring
Bought Atari 800 computer

  Detroit, Steve's wedding, January 22
  Walt Disney World; Jerry, spring
Kathie Reilly, summer
  Chicago; Amtrak, Oak Park, August
  Madison, Star Lake family reunion, August
  New York City, Thanksgiving; Jerry
1984
Graduate School, UNT, spring, summer, and fall
Richland College: graphic designer, spring

Brookhaven College software project, Linda Lee, Mary Brumbach, spring
Country dancing, Leigh Anne, spring
  Houston, spring
New Toyota, summer
Water volleyball, summer
Olympics on television, summer
Michael Jackson concert, Larry Lewis, summer
Bob Siegel project, summer
Taught at Brookhaven College, fall: History, Professional Practice: Judi Kaufman, Carolyn Krugman, Lisa Erich, Don Taylor, Charles MacAdams, Donna Adams
Volleyball: Phil Lyons, Mike Bernon, Rick Eubanks, Scott, Chuck Negrelli, Mark, Beth, fall
  New Orleans World's Fair; Jerry, fall
  Austin, fall
  Walt Disney World, Epcot; family Christmas
Carolyn Gateson
1985
Graduate School, UNT: dissertation, research and writing
Water volleyball, spring

Volleyball at PHP Church, Cecilia Robertson, spring
Apple Exercises, Brookhaven, spring
Innovator of the Year, Brookhaven, spring
  Santa Fe; Cecilia Robertson, spring
Water volleyball, summer
Taught Computer Graphics, Brookhaven, summer
Dissertation Proposal, summer
Renovated Wanda's kitchen, summer
Designed Dallas Volleyball Center, summer
Casa Manana; Cecilia, summer
Delta plane crashed at DFW, August 2
Skyline Volleyball League, First Place, fall
1986
Graduate School, UNT, dissertation: spring
Taught at Brookhaven, spring
Challenger shuttle exploded: January 28
  Cancun; Jerry, spring
  San Antonio; Laird, Jerry, spring
Graduate School, UNT: Dissertation draft, summer
Volleyball, summer
Graduate School, UNT: Defended/revised dissertation, fall
Graduate School, UNT: Doctoral written/oral exams, fall
White Rock YMCA Volleyball, First Place, fall
Volleyball clinics, fall
1987
  Corsicana, Ennis, Interurban, Laird, January
Graduate School, UNT: final dissertation revision, January
Graduate School, UNT: got signatures, PhD Dissertation, Febuary 3
Printed resume, Febuary
Substitute teacher, PVAHS, spring
Taught at Brookhaven, spring
Graduated UNT: PhD, May 16
Gumby Volleyball tournament, summer
Volleyball tournaments, First place, summer
  El Paso; Laird, summer

  Tulsa, Edmond, July 4-7, Laird, Motel 6 on I35: University of Central Oklahoma interview, July 6
  Edmond, Motel 6, July 27-29: Signed UCO contract: July 27, got apartment: WindRush, July 28
  Edmond, Motel 6, August 7, Laird: Moved office to UCO
  Moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, August 15, Laird.

Windrush apartments August - June 1992
Two apartments: 2nd floor, 1st floor
Built model train cars and plastic buildings, roller raceway, paperboard models
Helped mount exhibits in the Museum of Art (benches under art).
Dinners at Wallo's.
Faculty meetings, UCO, August 20-21
  Dallas, volleyball, August 21-23
Started college teaching at UCO, August 25
  Dallas, volleyball, September 11-14
  Dallas, volleyball - 1st Place, October 2-4
Faculty Art Shows, fall
MetroChurch: devout Christian, fall
TASA article published, fall
MetroChurch volleyball: Tom Pinkston, Fred Grosz
  Santa Fe, Taos; Laird, Jerry, Rebecca, October
  Dallas, Volleyball Doubles, First place: Phil Lyons, October
Redesigned office, November
Developed new Graphic Design Program, November
  Dallas, Mt. Scott, Ft. Sill, November 25-29
  Ada/Ardmore Laird, Dallas, December 20-26
1988
  Dallas, January 4-7 & 10-11
  Acapulco; Laird, January 7-10
  Dallas, January 15-17
  Dallas, Febuary 11-14
Faculty Art Show, 'Portals': Febuary 21
  Art Deco lecture, Tulsa, Febuary 25
  FL Wright lectures, Tulsa, March 10
  Dallas, spring break
Color workshop, April 12
  Bartlesville, Woolaroc, Pawhuska, April 23-24
  Dallas, May 6-9
  Dallas, Austin, Houston, Galveston, Brenham, May 18-25?
  Corpus Christi, Padre Island; Volleyball: Phil Lyon, Mike Bernon, May 27-31
  Dallas, volleyball tournaments, June 2-5
  Ponca City, Wichita, June 12

  Dallas, HHS Reunion, June 16-20
  Kingfisher, Enid museums, June 26
PGA tournament, Oak Tree, August 11-14
  Dallas, August 19-21
  Houston, Jerry, Katy, September 2-5
  Dallas, Philip Glass concert, October 20-23
  Wichita; Katy Emde, summer
Joined First Presbyterian Church, fall
Prepped/taught new courses, fall
Coined the word neurobics for mind-stretching
MetroChurch Volleyball League: Don Samara, Fred Grosz, Tom Pinkston, fall
Moved apartment, winter break
  Arizona, Arcosanti, Taliesin, Ventura CA, Eric Sham, winter break, December 31 - January 6
1989
CSU Graphics, Computer Graphics, spring
Volleyball, Fridays, Wantland: Julie Byer, David Harris, Fred Grosz, Lon Dehnert, Sylvia
  New York City study tour: spring break
Guthrie, 89er celebration, April 22
  Route 66, Springfield, Branson, Eureka Springs; Laird, summer
Redid A102, summer
Purged apartment, office, summer
Made new furniture, summer
  Route 66, Amarillo, Lubbock; Laird, summer
  Route 66, El Reno, summer
  Route 66, St. Louis, August 8-13

US Olympic Festival events: mom & dad, Laird, July 21-30
Director, Graphic Design Program, July
Taught at Oklahoma Christian University, August 28
  Ft. Worth: Typographic Design: Medium & Message conference, September 1-2
  Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan, Abilene; Laird, October 13-16
  Dallas, November 3-4
  Dallas, November 11-12
  Dallas, November 22-26
  Route 66, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, December 22-24
                      Santa Fe, Taos; family Christmas, December 24-28
1990
  Route 66, Los Angeles, Rose Parade, Tempe; Laird, December 28 - January 10
Faculty Show: JoAnn Adams, Michael Bachi, David Crismon, William Hommel, Dean Hyde, Kathryn Kunc, Mary Kay McElroy, Norma Miller, Shelly Moody, Galen Nichols, Bob Palmer, Franklin Simons, Gael Sloop, Cletus Smith, Robert Smith, Steven Walker, William Wallo, and James Watson
  London, Paris, Nice, Milan, Rome, May
Purged apartment, office, summer
HotType museum show, summer
Bought Geo Tracker, summer
Designed academic calendar, summer
  Route 66, St. Louis, Chicago; Laird, August
        Door County WI, family reunion, August
        Madison: Aunt Margaret, Taliesin, August
  Yosemite, San Francisco; Jerry, Chris, October 11-16
Mom in hospital, October 19-26
  Dallas, November 22-25
Designed closet rack, fall
  Dallas, December 22-28
1991
  New York City study tour, March 16-21
  Dallas, May 12-15
  Memphis, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 24-28
Rolfing, summer
  Dallas, Houston, June 20-23
  Dallas, July 18-21
Promoted to Associate Professor
Granted Tenure
  Santa Fe, Utah, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Boulder, Denver, Santa Fe Trail, August
1992
  Adopted Dallas the dog, Saturday, March 7
  Dallas, March 18-22
  Dallas, mom & dad's 50th anniversary, May
  Cleveland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Baltimore; Laird, May 21-31
Moved to Wallo house, East 7th, furniture in storage: June 7
Walked Dallas, the puppy around the naberhood. Began training her.
Sad for Dallas during rainstorm in a too-small dog house.

Moved to 606 West 7th rental house, June 26 - May 1995
Built De Stijl dog house, later moved it to the garage
Dog walks in naberhood, housing developments, fields
  Dallas, July 2-5
  Boulder, Oregon Trail, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Denver; Laird, August 10-20
  Dallas, October 16-19
  Houston Space Center, Wurstfest, San Antonio; Jerry & Shirley, November 5-8
Reorganized GCS, fall
News of Laird's cancer, November 5
  Dallas, Laird, November 13-15
  Dallas, November 26-29
  Dallas, December 22-29: Laird, Chris, Barbara, Margaret, Laird chemo
1993
  Dallas, January 6-10
  Dallas, January 30 - Febuary 2
  Wichita, student conference, Febuary 20
Laird's cancer treatments, spring
Read John Grisham books
  Dallas, Waco, Austin; Laird, March 13-21
  Dallas is missing, March 26-29
Hair, UCO, spring
  Dallas, May 9-11
  Monument Valley, Zion, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon; Laird, May 22-30
Taught Creativity class, summer
The Idea Kit Presentation, OVAC, June 17
  Dallas, July 4-7
  New York City, new glasses, July 20-25
  Dallas, August 11-16
President, Graphic Communication Society, fall
ClockTower, new name
Wrote The Idea Kit
Bought PowerBook
Researched Christianity & religion
Resigned as Director, Graphic Design
Renovated Tracker
  Dallas, Denton car wreck, October 15-19
    Rescued Austin, Bailey Turnpike, Sunday, December 5
  Dallas, December 24 - January 4
Laird in hospital, December 27
1994
  Dallas, December 24 - January 4
  Dallas, January 10-14: time with Laird
  Adopted Austin, Saturday, Febuary 5
  Dallas, Febuary 18-21
  Dallas, March 18-24
Laird died, March 25
  Dallas, April 1-3
  Dallas, April 16-17
Worked on the Idea Kit
The Idea Kit Presentation, Leadership OKC, March 10
GCS programs
Sigma Tau Gamma: White Rose, Volleyball, Sponsor Award: Chad Baker, Sean Carney
Researched religion; embraced atheism
Home office
  Las Vegas, May 30 - June 3
  Dallas fishing trip, June 25-26
Volleyball: won SunSpike: Julie Byer, David Harris, Fred Grosz, Lon Dehnert, summer
  Santa Fe, Bisbee, August 6-13
Renovated 50s chairs
Mom & dad visit, summer
  Dallas, State Fair, Cecilia Robertson, Ft. Worth, October 21-23
  Dallas, November 23-26
  Las Vegas, December 18-22
  Dallas, December 18, 22-26
Developed Graphic Design for Non-Majors
1995
  Dallas, Febuary 10-13
  Las Vegas, March 20-24
Murrah Building bombed, April 19
Bought house: 424 East 4th, April 27; Moved May
Performances in Mitchell Hall, Hair, plays, walk over Sunday matinee, CT programs, Emcee Parents Orient
  Dallas, July 6-8
Renovated 424 house: July 9 - Sept 26
PLC retreat, advisor: Lynn Means, Stacie McNeiland, August
Promoted to Professor
  Puebla, ENCUADRE, Creativity presentation: October 24-29
Open house, 424 East 4th, Thanksgiving
1996
Faculty Grievance Board, Chair, spring
AIGA show, City Arts Center
  Las Vegas, March 18-22
Knee pain: spring
Renovated 424 exterior, summer
  Paris, Disneyland, May 11-15
  Dallas, June 6-10
Aunt Margaret & mom visit, summer
  Las Vegas, Arizona, Utah, August 4-8
  Tulsa, Route 66, September 2
The Idea Kit presentation, OMS, November 19
  Dallas, November 27-30
1997
Submitted MemorialOklahoma design, spring
Installation Banquet, Delta Zeta, March 8
  New York City study tour, spring break
  Tulsa, April 6
  Vegas born: May 1
  Dallas, Leash Belt, May 2-5
  Tunica, Memphis, Oxford, May 27-30
Wrote Memorial Design letter, May
  Dallas, July 4-6
Listened to Dr. Laura
Designed/built new deck railing
Mom & dad visit, July 25-27
  Portland & Seattle, July 28 - August 3
Joined AOL
  Dallas, August 14-16
  Tulsa, September 12
  New Orleans, AIGA Conference: Ruthanne Smith, November 13-16
Removed back fence, vines, trees, fall
Purged entire house, fall
  Dallas, November 26-29
  Dallas, December 24-29
1998
  Las Vegas, January 11-14
Designed UCO Master Plan, spring
  Dallas: Rent, Quidam, spring
Bought 4door Tracker, built dog bed
  Tulsa, March 13
Dallas, Austin, March 17-20
Renovated UCO office, May
Aunt Margaret dies, May
  Wichita, May 29-31
  HHS reunion, Six Flags, June 11-14
  Dallas, July 16-19, Bring in'da Noise
  Los Angeles, August 4-9
Taught Design History at Oklahoma State University, fall
  Dallas, October 14-17
  Dallas, November 25-27
  Dallas, December 24-27
1999
  Las Vegas, January 3-6
OSU faculty application, January
  Tulsa, spring break March: Philbrook, Paul Davis presentation, Okmulgee, Dallas
High Arts Director, April
Building captain, renovation, April
IFC Award, Student Services, April
Parking Advisory Board, Chairman, summer
OKC/Moore Tornado, May 3
  Dallas, May 7-10: Mother's Day visits
  Las Vegas, May 31 - June 4
Purged office, house, summer
Renovated 424 house, garage, numbers, summer
  Dallas: Results 2000, Tony Robbins, July 8-13
Sundays at Barnes & Noble, summer
  Route 66, Branson, Eureka Springs, August 12-14
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
  Dallas: September 24-26
Outstanding Mentor Award, fall
IFC advisor, fall
  Las Vegas: AIGA Conference, Sept 29 - Oct 3
Distinguished Teaching Award, October
Reserved web domain name, December
Reorganized handouts into booklets, December
  Caught Eddie the mouse, bought cage, December
Designed 424 office, December
  Dallas: December 22-26
2000
  Dallas: January 26-29: Edward Tufte seminar
Uploaded website
Got Puebla teaching job
Taught Design History at University of Oklahoma; January - May
  New York City study tour, spring break, March 11-16
Program Director, Graphic Design, spring break
Refined 424 office design, spring break
High Arts, April
Mom: heart attack, May
  Las Vegas; Mitch, May
  Puebla, Mexico City; teach class at UPAEP, June 3-14
Contracted and built 424 office, summer
Renovated Graphic Design Program, summer
  Dallas, July 20-23
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Landscaped yards, September
Submitted Graphic Design program proposal, September
  Dallas, November 22-24
Resigned IFC, December
  Las Vegas, December 18-21
  Dallas, Christmas, December 23-25
2001
New College, new Department, January 8
Chairman of the Department of Design
OU: Taught Design History; January - May
  New York City: AIGA History conference, Febuary
Interior Design publicity campaign, spring
  Dallas, spring break
Hammock, back yard, spring break
  Tulsa, Bartlesville, March
  Puebla; teach class at UPAEP, May 19-28
New windows, new deck canopy, summer
Organized Department of Design, summer
  Dallas, July 6-8
  Las Vegas, NSync concert, July 27-30
Intersession class: Typography, August
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
World Trade Center, DC, PA attacked: September 11
New deck trex, fall
Bought Eames chair, Saarinen set, October
  Guthrie; Professor's Academy
  Quartz Mt, Mt. Scott, Medicine Park; Professor's Academy, November 9-10
  Dallas: Cirque du Soleil's Dralion with Margaret Hudson, November
Senior show, City Arts Center
  Dallas: Christmas, December 24-27
2002
OU: Taught Design History; January - May
  Tulsa; Professor's Academy, Febuary
  New York City study tour, March 16-21
Designed new 424 kitchen, spring break
Outstanding Professor Award, spring break
  Duncan, Lawton, Medicine Park, Quartz Mt, Rt 66, April 12-14
  Dallas, May
  Las Vegas, May 26-30
Contracted/built new 424 kitchen, May/June
Designed new Department of Design office, May
  Austin broke her leg: Thursday, July 25
  Austin died: Thursday, August 1, 5p
  Dallas, family and friends, August 2-4
  Austin's ashes come home, August 5
  Ft. Worth & Dallas, August 8-11
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Dad had mild stroke, October 3
New Department of Design office opens: Friday, October 11
Weekend with family in Edmond, October 11-13
  New York City, October 16-20, Holocaust Museum, Lubalin Study Center, Apollo: Harlem Song
  Tulsa study tour, November 1
Mom fell, hurt head, November 16
Mom had bad stroke, November 17
  Vegas retired from kennel: June 17 (5 years old)
  Saw greyhound Vegas at PetsMart, decide to adopt, November17
  Vegas adopted: Friday, November 22
Conor Henderson died in car accident: Saturday am, November 23
Conor's funeral: Tuesday, November 26
  Dallas: I took Mom for a wheelchair ride in hospital: November 28
I said goodbye and thanked Mom: Wensday, December 18
Mom died: Thursday, December 19, 9:05a
Mom's Memorial Service: Sunday, December 22, 3p
Mom's Inurnment: Tuesday, December 24, 11a
2003
OU: Taught Design History; January - May
Weekends without working
New Department secretary, Febuary
  Dallas: take dad to see Alegria, Cirque du Soleil, Febuary
New Design Conference Room, Febuary
  Dallas: retail design maps, spring break
Designed new 424 workshop and landscaped lot, March
New MFA in Design
Dad in hospital, stroke, April 9
  Dallas, May
  New York City study tour: May, bought Corbusier chaise lounge
Interviewed and hired new design faculty: May
New HVAC system and ceiling vents
Dad in nursing home: Forum and Presbyterian Village North, North Dallas
  Weekends with Dad, Dallas
  Las Vegas, August 5-8
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Estate sale, family house: September 6
Sold family house, 1958-2003: September 15


In the summer it became apparent that dad would never be able to live at Orchid Lane again due to his stroke (mom had passed away the preceding December). My brothers and I decided it was time to sell the family house. We made arrangements and began purging the house of items we wanted to keep (pic of den prepped for sale).  It was razed soon after and construction of a large McMansion (pics below) went up at 6631 Orchid Lane.


  Last visit with Dad: Thursday & Friday, September 25 & 26
I took Dad for a wheelchair ride in hospital: Thursday, September 25
  I said goodbye and thanked Dad: Friday, September 26 & 29
Family was with Dad: Monday, September 29, 4p-11:20p
Dad died: Monday, September 29, 11:13p
Dad's Inurnment: Saturday, October 4, 10:30a
Dad's Memorial Service: Saturday, October 4, 11:00a
  New York City, November: look for apartment
Read The DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  Dallas: Christmas with brothers & their families
2004
Designed and contracted new driveway

  New York City, January 7-11: buy apartment in Battery Park City
    Condo staff: Bob, Jose, Allen, Tommy, Larry, George
Designed renovation of NYC apartment
Developed MFA-Design
Designed/renovated 424 bathroom
  New York City: March (close on apt)
Submitted decision to not serve as department chair after spring, 2005
  New York City: April: settle apt, install artwork
  New York City: May (study tour)
  New York City: June
  Washington DC: June 2: UCO dancers at Kennedy Center
  New York City: July 4th
  New York City: August 9-16
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
  Chicago, October 14-18: AIGA Design conference
  New York City: October 21-25
UCO Hauptman Fellowship award
  New York City: November 19-23
  Dallas: Thanksgiving with brothers & their families
  New York City: Christmas, Radio City, Rockefeller Center
2005
  Las Vegas, January: Skeptics/freethinkers conference, Cirque's Ka
  New York City, Febuary: The Gates, Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Completed 4 years as Chair of the Department of Design, March
  New York City: March 11-20
  Philadelphia: March: Historic district
  New York City: April
  New York City study tour: May
  Orlando, May: Roberta & Steve Sloan,
    Cirque's La Nouba, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom tour, MGM Studios
Invented TravelPants
  Dallas, May: NorthPark, Gaylord Texan Resort
  Ft. Worth, September: train trip - Sundance Square, Modern Art Museum
  Clinton, Quartz Mt, Wichita/Mt. Scott, Medicine Park
OK house: redo fence & gate, new bed, draw house plans
  New York City, August: make recycle cart and tool cart
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Filed provisional patent for TravelPants
Set up JRW Trust, transfer assets
Dean's Fellowship: revamp history course to digital
  Ft. Worth and Dallas
  Manhattan, the greyhound, born, 11 August
  Tulsa/Catoosa: Aquarium, Philbrook and Cherokee Resort/Casino, September
  New York City: October 13-19: fall break
  New York City: November: Thanksgiving
  Los Angeles, December: Disneyland, Venice Beach
  Dallas: Christmas with brothers and families
2006
  New York City, January: New Year's
Renovated History class lectures and images
Spring break at home: projects, Dallas getting worse
  Dallas died: Saturday, March 25, 12:20p
  New York City: April 13-19
  New York City study tour: May 9-14
  New York City HGTV filming: May 17-21
   New York City with Vegas, May 30 - August 8: July 4th in Battery Park, drive along the Hudson, FDR estate
  Fayetteville AR, August 19: Jimmy's Initiation, tour Fay Jones (with Steve)
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
NY apartment tour aired on HGTV: October 8
Worked on JRW Projects
  New York City: October
  Dallas: Thanksgiving
   New York City with Vegas: December 23 - January
2007
   New York City with Vegas: December 23 - January
  Las Vegas: January: freethinkers conference, Cirque's Love, Phantom of the Opera, Mitch
Developed Lucky Grape, design/idea consulting business with Sean Cobb
  New York City, March 16-25: Spring Awakening
  Adopted new greyhound: Saturday, March 31, named her Manhattan
Submitted letter of retirement, effective May, 2008
   New York City with Vegas, Yankees game: May 16 - June 17
Fox25 interviewed me and taped tour of 424 house: June 22, aired on Monday, June 25
Bought iPhone: June 29
Rearranged/renovated 424 office
  New York City: week in July/August
  Obedience class with Manhattan: August
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Designed/printed stationery for Lucky Grape
  Dallas, Ft. Worth: science museum research
Bought new Dodge Nitro, sold Chevy Tracker
  New York City: October 18-23
  Dallas: Thanksgiving with brothers and their families
  New York City: December 22 - January 2
2008
  Lawrence & Kansas City: Febuary 1-4
Uploaded Lucky Grape website
  New York City: spring break March 14-24
  Mexico City, Puebla, March 27 - April 1
AIGA Fellow award
  Pittsburg KS, Lon
Retirement parties, receptions, and award ceremonies, spring

Retired from UCO: May 9
  New York City: May study tour
   New York City with Vegas & Manhattan, May 29 - July 19
Designed JustOnePiece campaign
Accepted position to teach full-time at Oklahoma State University for 1 year
Incorporated JamesRobertWatson
Set up websites: TravelPants.info, JustOnePiece.us, PushPullstickers.com
Taught Typography, GD2, & Design History, OSU; August - December
Designed and furnished OSU faculty office
OSU: Faculty Art Show
  Rescued Eddie the dog from the street, delivered to shelter
  New York City, fall: AIGA Gala
  Dallas: Hillcrest 40 year Reunion: Margaret Hudson, Steve & Barbara Grant; Wanda Hill
  Austin, October 24-26: advisors reunion, UT, Tom White, Sarah Martin, Linda Callaway
Learned of brother Bill's liver cancer: November
Wes Watkins New Product Fair: TravelPants cited
OKC: Saltimbanco
  New York City: December, EOS getaway (end of semester)
  Dallas: Christmas with brothers and families
2009
  New York City: December 31 - January 7, New Year's
Taught Typography, GD2, Design Studio, OSU; January - May
  Vegas diagnosed with liver problems: January 22
  Kansas, January 30 - Febuary 2: Tallgrass Preserve, Council Grove, KC, & Lawrence
  Dallas: visit with brothers and families, Bill's tumor getting larger
  New York City, March 13-21
Purged OSU office, house, and home office: 275 books, 100 puzzles, appliances, crap
Held Groj Sale, donated books to AIGA
Finished at OSU, re-retired from full-time teaching
DSVC Educator of the Year award
  Dallas
   New York City with Vegas & Manhattan, May 15 - July 7: Long Island, CT: Glass House, Woodstock
Purged NY apartment, donated items to Goodwill
  Manhattan underwent stomach surgery: Friday, June 5
  Garland/Dallas: Weekends to visit Bill, Debbie, and family
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
  Rt 66, El Reno, Weatherford: Air Space Museum, Clinton: August
Brother Bill died: September 5, 6:20p
  New York City: October 2-9
Upstate New York, Hudson, Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park: October
Heart episodes: diagnosed with atria fibrillation: October 9/10
Purged History lecture notes
  Las Vegas, November 19-22: Hoover Dam, Lake Mead
  Dallas, Debbie's 60th surprise party
Purged office
   Illinois (on way to NYC with Vegas & Manhattan), return to OK: December
Christmas Eve and day: OKC blizzard, snowed/iced in
  Dallas: post-Christmas with brother's family
2010
  New York City, January 8-13
Purged house and office: slides, books, files, closets
Designed and uploaded new format for website
Rearranged office
UCO Retired Faculty Art Show
  Dallas: April
   New York City with Vegas & Manhattan, April 15 - June 20: Craftsman Farms, Edison labs, Princeton; purge apt
  Vegas stopped eating: Tuesday, July 13
  Vegas died: Friday, July 16, 11:10a
  Breckenridge CO, July 24-28: Brother Steve's new house, hikes, Vail, Tracy
   New York with Manhattan, August 2-21: Sagamore Hill, Levittown; biking: Governor's Island, Central Park
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
   CA with Manhattan, October 8-18: Rt 66, Disneyland/CA, Venice Beach, Pasadena, Reagan Library, Grand Canyon, water pump I-40, Pampa TX
  Lawrence, Kansas, November 6-8
  New York: November 17-22
  Washington DC: November: Museums 18-20
  Dallas: Thanksgiving
   New York City with Manhattan, December 21 - January 11: blizzard; snow storm, Cuba MO
2011
  Dallas, Febuary: Chickasaw museum, Nasher Center, Cowboys Stadium tour, DMArt
Writing class: iPad, stories
Finished The Great Purge
  Tulsa, March: Philbrook, 15th, Hard Rock
  Enid, April: Cherokee Strip Museum
   New York City with Manhattan, May 9 - June 16
Posted Wordpress blog for 5 weeks
  New York City, August 13-19
Revised website with RSS and Google Search: August
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Retired Art Educator of the Year, OAEA, September
OSU: Faculty Art Show, September
Consultant: Design Thinking Lab, UCO
  Adopted Brooklyn, the dog: Saturday, 8 October
Guest teacher: Graphic Design II, UCO
  New York City, November 8-13: Occupy Wall Street, Negro Burial Ground, 9/11 Memorial, Bonnie & Clyde, Satyagraha Philip Glass opera at the Met
  Brooklyn: leg puncture/cracked kneecap, hospital: October 29; surgeries: November 10 & December 21
Christmas in OK with dogs, Brooklyn recuperate
  Brooklyn: FCE in rear legs: Friday, December 30
2012
House returned to normal: Tuesday, January 3
Got caught up (project begun in summer 2008): January 30
  Kansas City, Febuary 3-6: WWI Museum, Disney bldg; Lawrence: KU, The Artist, Super Bowl, Dehnerts
  New York City, Febuary 29 - March 4: How to Succeed, 9/11 Memorial, MoMA
  Texas, May 7-16: Ft. Worth (Barbara & Steve), Austin (Tom), San Antonio (Frank), Dallas (Steve & Sandy, Jimmy, Jan & Ralph, Allison & Randy, Eric), College Station, Huntsville (Roberta & Steve
Decided to sell the NYC apartment: May 22
  New York City, 29 May - 6 June: meet with broker, Governor's Island, Central Park, MoMA, Madison Square, Ghost
Discussion of Backgammon app option: NYC, June 1
Decided not to sell the NYC apartment: June 2
  Tulsa, June 23: Freethinker conference, BG app sketch

Sketched/developed Backgammon app: June 28 - July 6
Round Backgammon app, iGrip patent: July
Roof inspections: cancelled house insurance
Sketched/developed hybrid Backgammon board: July 6-7
Applied for Social Security
  Health issues: eye retina, Brooklyn paw cut/swelling: July
Bonnie & Clyde research
London Olympics, August
  New York City, August 11-17: Battery Park, Library, Seaport Museum, The Met, Coney Island, Village, Wall Street
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Received Six Flags show album, researched 1968: October
  New York City, October 16-21: Columbus Circle, Central Park, MoMA, The Book of Mormon.
  Trained & medicated Brooklyn: anti-anxiety
New chain link fence
Restored post-puppy house: new blinds, closet, sofa, bedspread
  New York City, November 27 - December 2: 9/11 Memorial, MoMA, Happy Lecture, Rock tree, Newsies, Evita.
Installed dog doors in office and replaced one in house.
Schoolchildren slaughter in Connecticut: December 14
  Austin, December 21-26: Tom, Frank; Dallas: nieces & nephews, Christmas
2013
  Tulsa, January 12: pickup airline seats, lunch Blue Dome
  New York City, January 17-23: Union Sq, Madison Sq, Times Sq
      Washington DC: January 21: Obama Inauguration Parade
Let hair grow out, got new glasses
Restored and resized airline seats in office: January
  Kansas City & Lawrence, Febuary 1-4: Downtown KC; Marbles, KU/OSU basketball, Dole Inst, Super Bowl
Developed 'Sign design' essay and emails
   Illinois (on way to NYC with Brooklyn & Manhattan), return to OK: April
  New York City, April 17-24: City Hall, Cirque Totem, Newsies, Times Square, Madison Square tour, MoMA, Woolworth lecture, Guggenheim
Worked on Project List
Edmond tornado, May 19; Moore tornado: May 20
Landscaped front yard: reeds, rocks, steel; June
  New York City, June 25 - July 2: Kinky Boots, Governor's Island, MoMA, Guggenheim, bike rides
Rehabbed house: gravel beds, repairs, groj/carport, doors, office windows, painting: July
   Dallas, July 11: Brooklyn to opthalmologist
  Colorado, August 12-18: Kansas; Denver Art Museum, Boulder, Shoshoni yoga, Breckenridge, cousins, mountain towns
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Tornado shelter installed: August 19
America concert: September 21, OK State Fair
OSU: Faculty Art Show, September
  Dallas,October 3-6: State Fair, HHS Anniversary
Revised The Idea Kit: Sept-October
  New York City, October 23-27: Big Fish, MoMA, Apple Store

Refined Ultimate Backgammon board, built model: 2-7 November
  Dallas, Thanksgiving, November 27-30: Denison, Donna, downtown, Margaret
  Tulsa, December 19: Art Deco Museum, Brady Arts District, Woody Guthrie Center
2014
Scanned portfolio sketches to web, trashed portfolio
Chiropractic sessions: back aches
Constructed Lego JRW logo: Febuary & April
  New York City, March 1-6: Columbus Park, Lego store, Carnegie Hall tour, MoMA, Woolworth tour, Union Square
  Denison TX, March 18-19: Donna Adams, SEOSU, Gene Autry museum & airfield
Rehabbed house: new hotub, driveway sealed: March

  Dog park friends: Al, Joanie, Pat, Gail, Sally, Rachel, Jeff, Phil

Refreshed living room: wood floor refinished, trim and tin removed, new trim, painting: April 6 - May 16
  North Texas, May 23-26: Ft. Worth Museums, Barbara, Bush Library, Eric & Allison, Reunion Tower, DMA, Margaret, Donna
  Manhattan ear wounds: May 24 (Brooklyn anxiety?)
Refreshed bedroom: June 2-9
  New York City, June 11-17: Williamsburg, Governor's Island, Central Park, 9/11 Museum, Village, MoMA; Mike O'Keefe
  Manhattan head wounds: June 15 (Brooklyn anxiety?)
WhichWich called re meeting about bag design: June 17
City dug new water pipes: Febuary 26 - October 10
  Dallas, July 9-11: Downtown, WhichWich meetings, train Ft. Worth
Worked on WhichWich graphics
  Dallas, August 6-8: Downtown, WhichWich work session, Dart, Denison
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Presented 'Jim's Minimalist Lifestyle', The Minimalists OKC: August 19
Submitted improvements for WhichWich brand, bags, and menu boards
  North Texas, October 10: McKinney Donna, IKEA
  New York City, October 21-26: Aladdin, MoMA
Rehabbed shoulder injuries: fall
  Santa Fe, December 15-18: Frank, Plaza, Cecilia
  Bella Vista AR, December 25: Debbie, Julie, Blake, Fay Jones Chapel
2015
  New York City, January 5-9: new Cooper Hewitt, Syed show, Met: Benton, Cubism
WhichWich Better Bag introduced to franchisees: January
  Ponca City, Blackwell, January: Cia
Started bathroom, kitchen, deck refresh, March-July
Took Mike Roland to see his wife in nursing home. Visited Mike at Bradford Village. April: saw his house auctioned. 8-9
New electrical circuits: March 24
  Bentonville, Little Rock AR, March 27-28: Michael, Crystal Bridges, Clinton Library
   New York City with Manhattan & Brooklyn, April 30 - May 15: walks
Mike Roland died: June 16.
  Tulsa, June 20: Freethinker conference
  New York City, July 2-9: MoCoNY Rand, new Whitney, American in Paris, Something Rotten
Finished bathroom, kitchen, deck refresh, March-July
  Manhattan, surgery on toe: Friday, July 17
  Abilene & Lawrence, August 7-10: Greyhound Museum, Eisenhower Museum, Leavenworth, Atchison, battlefield
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
Ankle: torn achilles tendon
WhichWich Better Bag introduced to stores: September
   Ardmore & Lake Murray cottage, October 8-9: girls walk
  Girls each get bitten on upper mouth
  New York City, October 20-25: MoMA, Finding Neverland
Ice storm, fallen limbs, Thanksgiving
  Dallas, December 24-25: Steve/Sandy, Debbie, Donna
Ice storm, fallen limbs, December 26
2016
Earthquake rattler: January 1, 5:40a
Web work, house work
  Lawrence & Topeka, Febuary 5-8: Wichita Art, LeCompton, Topeka musuems capitol
Decide to sell NY apt: Febuary
WhichWich menu board: March - April
  Dallas, April 10-13, Denton: "I could live here." Old Red museum, WhichWich work sessions, MPH Service, Frisco, Denison
   New York City with Manhattan & Brooklyn, April 16-25: final dog drive; prep, clean, rearrange apt,
    NYC April 22: CoatChex coffee meeting with Derek, quelines
New washer/dryer installed
NY apt listed for sale: May 6
Apt first offer: May 20 (later withdrawn)
Heart episode: May 29/30
  New York City, June 18-23: The apartment: Final stay
    Purge apt, Goodwill, movers: empty sad apt, text/email friends; Holiday Inn; Cooper-Hewitt, The King and I
New hotub delivered: June 25
NYC furniture arrived: Sunday am, July 3; Integrated NY to OK
  Dallas, July 15-16: Police Memorial, Jimmy birthday; Ada OK
NY Apt second offer: July 19; Counteroffer, 'as is': July 22; Buyer accepts counteroffer: Saturday July 23
Remove office desk, trim; refinish walls: August 1-2
  Dallas Frisco, August 8: IKEA, office shelf units
OSU: Taught Design History; August - December
  Manhattan stomach hacking: September 2016
NY Apt third offer: October 4; Counteroffer, 'as is'; Buyer accepts counteroffer
Platelet Rich Plasma shoulder injection: October 7
  Vet saw growth in Manhattan throat, biopsy, drove it to OSU: Friday, October 28
  Manhattan surgery to remove tumor: Tuesday, November 8
Thanksgiving in OK with dogs and friends
Fully retired: finished final semester at OSU: December 7
NYC Apt Closing: Thursday, December 8
Fence stained & sealed, car backup camera, new MacBook Pro: December 2-21
Christmas at home with the dogs and friends
  NYE with Manhattan.
2017
Capital View notes & meetings with city: January
Built Lego buildings: January 4-7, 15-18
  Manhattan died: Monday, January 16, 11:10a
  Manhattan's ashes came home: Thursday, January 19, 10:00a
   Santa Fe with Brooklyn, January 20-23: Greg Scott, Frank Nichols, LaLaLand, Jill Scott service, Plaza
Built Lego buildings: January 24-25, 27-29, 30 - Feb 1, Feb 3-4
Deck6 reviewed online: Thursday, Feb 2
  New York City, Febuary 13-17: Marriott Marquis, MetBreuer, MoMA, Seth LES
Stem cell & PRP injections, Wensday, March 1: pain, rest
  Lawrence & St Joseph, March 3-6: BBall rules, museums
Built Lego building: March 21, 23-24
Took writing class: Thursday evenings, March 23 - April 20

AFib, ER & hospital stay: Saturday/Sun April 15-16, 32+ hours
Shoulder Physical Therapy, April 19 - July
PRP injection, Tuesday, May 2
  Grand Casino, May 27: win $31.
Chiropractic sessions: June
  New York City, June 10-15: Paramount/Marriott, Ruki, CoopHew, MoMA, Groundhog Day, Seth UES
AFib: June 11, NYC
Worked on yard, office refresh: June-July
  Medicine Park, June 24: Mt. Scott, creek lunch, wildlife refuge
Rotator cuff tear, June 28 - July 2: mega-pain
Researched Aaron Watson, great-grandfather, Civil War diarist, grocer
  Dallas, Friday, June 30: Debbie (brother Bill's wife) and family
Debbie Allen Watson died, Saturday July 1: sister and 4 children by her side
  Dallas, Tues-Wens, July 11-12: Debbie Celebration of Life, Lakewood reception, Urban Reserve, Steve & Sandy
Worked on tree bench boulder, landscaping grasses: August 8-10
  Santa Fe, August 14-18: Greg, Frank, Opera (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, MeowWolf, Bandolier hike
Built Lego Wine Shop: August 21-26
Shoulder replacement surgery, August 29-31: McBride Orthopedic Hospital
Post-Op, pain, little sleep, pills, sling: September 1-14
Plantar Fasciitis: September 1
Staples out, less sling, no pain meds: September 15
Built Lego Starbucks/BarnesNoble: September 27-30
Purged, rearranged office: September-October
Sling away: October 3
Finished refresh of office: paint, digital frame art, blank walls: October 7
Plantar Fasciitis: October 12: X-rays, steroid shot, wear night splint, exercises
Shoulder, 6-week check-up: excellent, outlier: ahead of schedule
  North Texas: Frisco, Ft. Worth, Dallas, Denison, Tues-Thurs, October 17-19
iPhone X: November 3
AFib: November 12-13, doctor office
  New York City, November 15-19: New Yorker hotel, Syed Opening, Play that goes Wrong
Thanksgiving: Dehnerts mobile home, Renee
Office: painted floor: November 30 & December 7
   North Texas: Denton, Dallas, Sat/Sun December 2-3
Built Lego: December 3-5, Nutcracker, bus, Holiday Station
Designed, built, mounted Groj key/cup shelf/ledge: December 12-13
Returned to office: December 14, arranged furniture
Built Lego: December 10-15, Winter Village
Christmas/New Year's at home
2018
Built Lego: January 5-8, Diner
AFib: January 7-8
Installed Little Free Library: January
  Lawrence & Topeka, Febuary 2-5: Union Pacific Station, Soup party
Built Lego: Febuary/March, Rohe office
Move Texas: met with finance March 5, vetted online realtors: March 11
   Denton, March 15: coffee with & meet Realtor, drive streets, Square


American Atheists convention, March 30-April 1: Bill Nye film, Barry Lynn, Hugh Laurie
Painted office floor
   Denton, April 29: North Sts; West streets; Square
Returned to office: May 5, arranged furniture
  New York City, May 16-20: Design Week, My Fair Lady
Slight cold, Planet Fashionista, wasp sting: May
Built Lego Bodega: May
   Denton, June 3: Bolivar Open House; Square coffee: make offer (none accepted)
Built Lego Posh store: June
SUMMER: Office refresh, Front window tint, Paint sky wall, Switch TV, Urinals, Kitchen,  Blinds, CableTable
Designed new kitchen, met with Lowes designer: June 18
Had front windows tinted for privacy: June 22
   Denton, July 21: Tour Houses; Square museums
  Santa Fe, July 31-Aug 4: Los Alamos, Doctor Atomic, Sandia Peak tram
Painted living room skywall: August 10-13
Tree fell on office roof: August 25, removed: August 28
Kitchen remodel, cabinets, electrical: August 28-30
   Denton, September 11: Tour Parkway house; UNTSquare museum
Installed new urinals, painted walls; buried cable: September 13
Antique: bought 1950s coffee set: September 19
State Fair: September 20
AFib: September 20-21
Installed counter, sink: September 24; appliances, finished cabinets: September 26
  Austin, November 2-5: Advisor reunion, Tom, Sarah, Tim
Condo2908: November 4/5, Austin: see/select 222 West St; Nov 6: Submit offer; Nov 7: offer accepted
Condo2908: shop/order furniture & housewares.

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