Biography

Creative Problem Solver, Design Coach, Guru of the clear message
Jim Watson has written horoscopes, acted on stage in numerous roles, written and lectured on creative problem solving, sat on the edge of the Grand Canyon under a full moon, run over a bird in his car, sat at the top of a Mayan pyramid in the moonlight, walked around an Egyptian pyramid, met Lyndon Johnson, waved at Barack and Michelle Obama, and owned Ringo Starr's autograph.

Me
I am a minimalist. I am often disappointed by movies. My favorite number is 44. I love to travel to other cities. Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah is my favorite natural sight. Walt Disney World is my favorite man-made sight. I do not believe in superstition and myths. I like to drink coffee in coffeeshops. I like to write. I like to invent. I like to solve problems. I neither trust nor respect politicians. I think teachers and medical support staff don't get paid enough. I think most CEOs get paid too much. I am opposed to the death penalty. I think religion is the root cause for almost all of the man-made horrors the world has experienced. I don't like laughtracks on sitcoms. I am pro-choice. I am anti-abortion. I do not like lima beans. I am a dog lover. I prefer Dewar's scotch. I like eating out with friends. I love New York. I miss my friend Laird. I miss my parents. I miss my dogs. I love to teach and to push minds. I love sudoku and crossword puzzles. I love to solve mind games. I am fascinated by word origins. I like granola cereal. I like to read the newspaper. I don't like telemarketing spiels. I don't like boring stories. I am not cowed by ancient beliefs that are meant to terrify me into submission. I fear little. I think life is a hoot.

Him
James Robert Watson was born in New Orleans, the youngest of 3 sons, in 1950. The family moved to Dallas in 1952. They took family vacations each summer all over the USA. Jim designed stage sets and spirit posters in high school and worked summers at Six Flags.
He went to the University of Texas during the turbulent late sixties/early seventies; he majored in set design, graphic design, and advertising. Jim was president of the Sigma Chi fraternity and worked as a freshman orientation advisor.
After UT, Jim worked as a designer for 5 years in Austin & Dallas. After committing to a profession as a teacher, he went to graduate school at the University of North Texas where he earned a 4.0 GPA for the Master's degree and was inducted into honor fraternities. During graduate school, Jim taught high school and community college in the Dallas area. Jim earned the PhD degree in 1987, moved to Oklahoma, and began teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma. He became active in student services and specializing in creative problem solving and design. He also taught at Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and the Universidad Popular Autonomous del Estado Puebla in Mexico.
In 2001, UCO created the new Department of Design with Jim as the chairman of the department. Building this department was Jim's primary focus for a few years.
Upon the death of his parents, Jim bought and furnished an apartment in Battery Park City in downtown Manhattan. He spent most semester breaks there. He retired from full-time teaching at UCO in the spring of 2008. He continues to lecture on Design History at OSU. Jim currently writes a blog about designculture and innovation and serves as a Design Coach.

Some accomplishments
Invented a flag waving hat, the word neurobics, a dog leash belt, and the Ultimate Backgammon Board
US Design Patent and copyrights for Round Backgammon board and TravelPants
Create and maintain a blog about innovative design
Written and lectured on the creative problem solving process
Served as the Inaugural Chairman of the Department of Design at UCO
Has taught at 4 universities
      University of Central Oklahoma, Professor of Design
      Oklahoma State University, Visiting Professor of Design
      University of Oklahoma, Visiting Professor of Design
      UPAEP in Puebla, Mexico, Visiting Professor of Design
Held numerous leadership roles
Honored with awards:
      Outstanding Professor
      Distinguished Teaching
      Outstanding Mentor
      Distinguished Student Service
      Outstanding Design Educator
Designed and remodeled house and office
Majored in advertising, art, and theater at the University of Texas in Austin
Majored in art/design, higher education, and computer science at the University of North Texas
Lived (longer than 1 year) in Dallas, Austin, New York City, Edmond OK
Lived (longer than 1 month) in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Ft. Lauderdale
Travels: Europe, North Africa, Caribbean, Mexico, NYC, and all over USA

Some of Jim's Social Justice issues
I have been a registered Independent most of my adult voting life. There was a short stint when I registered as a Republican because Oklahoma is such a red state - your vote doesn't count much unless you vote Republican. I gave up on the Republicans when I realized they had strayed too far to the right; they want government to be too intrusive into personal lives and were not taking care of citizens to the level I thought they should. I became a Democrat for a short while, but they're not a whole lot better. So I went back to being a registered Independent. Both parties have some similarities. I'm just as disgusted by the extremists on both the far left and the far right and all those in either party who put their party before their country. I do relate better to Democrats - they are less racist and sexist, more open-minded, better thinkers, and more humanistic.
ANTI-WAR
Peace Tax Fund
War Tax Resistance

ASSISTED SUICIDE
Death with Dignity
Final Exit Network

DEATH PENALTY, PRISON REFORM
Death Penalty: Equal Justice USA
Sentencing Project

DRUG POLICY
Drug Policy Alliance
GREYHOUNDS, ANIMALS
Grey2K
Humane Society of US

RACIAL, WOMEN'S, HUMAN RIGHTS
ACLU Foundation
Planned Parenthood
Southern Poverty Law Center

RELIGIOUS RIGHTS
American Atheists
American Humanist Association
Americans United for Separation of Church & State
Center for Inquiry/Richard Dawkins
Freedom From Religion Foundation


Some of Jim Watson's favorite things
Authors in alphabetical order
Chip Kidd
Dan Brown
Dean Koontz
John Grisham
Malcolm Gladwell
Michael Crichton
Richard Dawkins
Sam Harris
Victor Papenek
Books
A Time to Kill
Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do
Angels & Demons
Black Like Me
The Cheese Monkeys
The DaVinci Code
Design for the Real World
The End of Faith
The God Delusion
God is not Great
The Lost Symbol
Steve Jobs
Cars I've owned in chronological order
66 Mustang
Remodeled Volkswagen van
Geo Tracker 2-door
Chevy Tracker 4-door
Dodge Nitro
Cirque du Soleil performances
In order of preference, best to worst (tie for first place):
Mystere and La Nouba
Varekai
'O'
KA
Ovo
Kooza
Dralion
Alegria
Saltimbanco
Quidam
LOVE - the Beatles
Wintuk
Corteo
(not so hot - avoid)
Zarkana
(horrible - avoid)
Mystere is at Treasure Island in Las Vegas and La Nouba is at Downtown Disney in Orlando. Cirque shows represent the ecstacy of the human species - dedicated craftspeople who strive to do their very best. Every humanoid on the planet should experience at least one Cirque performance (unless its Corteo or Zarkana).
Colors
Blue
Grey
Orange
Silver/aluminum
Yellow
Concerts in chronological order
The Beatles
Dave Clark Five
Rolling Stones
Beach Boys
Animals
Cat Stevens
Michael Jackson
Andy Williams in Branson
Blue Man Group
NSync
Lord of the Dance
Drinks
Coffee
Dewar's scotch
Diet Dr Pepper & Diet Coke mixed together without ice
Margarita on the rocks, no salt
Food
Chicken quesadillas (no sour cream, please)
Chili cheese Fritos
Granola cereal
Lasagna
Pistachio nuts,
7-11 Big Wheel
Taco Bell Frito burrito
Tex-Mex
Innovators
Benjamin Franklin
Buckminster Fuller
Frank Lloyd Wright
Herb Lubalin
Richard Saul Wurman
Thomas Edison
Thomas Jefferson
Walt Disney
Inventions
Air conditioning (in summer)
Bedspreads (in winter)
Cruise control
Movies
Airplane
Avatar
Back to the Future
The Big Chill
The Birdcage
Cars
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Days of Heaven
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Fried Green Tomatoes
Ghost
Groundhog Day
The Hangover
How the West Was Won
Limitless
Lucky number Slevin
Koyaanisqatsi
Men in Black
Michael Jackson's This Is It
Midnight in Paris
The Pink Panther
Rango
Rise of the Guardians
Scary Movie 4
The Shawshank Redemption
Silver Streak
Star Wars
What's up, Doc?

Music and composers
Andreas Vollenweider
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Buddy Holly
Cat Stevens
Cirque du Soleil soundtracks
Cusco
Danny Elfman
Ennio Morricone
Philip Glass
Stephen Sondheim
Wyndham Hill artists
Yanni
Musical theater
Cats
In the Heights
The Lion King
next to normal
Notre Dame
Phantom of the Opera
Rent
Spring Awakening
Urinetown
The Wedding Singer
Wicked

Places
Austin
Boulder
Dallas
Las Vegas
Mexico City
New York City
Puebla Mexico
Seattle
Bryce Canyon
Disney theme parks
Grand Canyon
Mexico
New York City
Northern Arizona/Southern Utah
Songs
Eleanor Rigby
Fast Car
Fiery Nights
InAGaddaVida
Lady Madonna
Lay Lady Lay
The Maelstrom
Midnight Rodeo
Rivers of Cesme
Rumeurs
The Shoop Shoop Song
Stairway to Heaven
Tree of Life
Trip Stumble & Fall
White Bird
Spending time
Eating a bowl of granola cereal (with sliced pecans) from the breakfast buffet at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
Walking the dogs along the Hudson Esplanade.
Browsing Borders & Noble.
Laying in the hot tub watching the sunrise and listening to the birds.
Traveling. Road trips.
Solving a sudoku and crossword puzzles in the morning. While drinking coffee.
Encouraging people to spell Wensday and Febuary in more intelligent ways.
Sitting in museum cafes with coffee and pastry.
Sunday mornings in bed with a book - while its raining - with the dogs on the bed.
Television shows in chronological order
What's My Line
To Tell the Truth
Camouflage
The Flintstones
The Jetsons
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Laugh-In
Bob Newhart
Lou Grant
MASH
Tim's Place
Police Squad!
Miami Vice
Moonlighting
PeeWee's Playhouse
Northern Exposure
thirtysomething
Ally McBeal
Cheers
Mad About You
Jeopardy
The West Wing
Seinfeld
Malcolm in the Middle
The Simpsons
Boston Legal
Arrested Development
The Office
30 Rock
Family Guy
Cash Cab
Modern Family
Television specials
1963 Kennedy Assassination coverage
1964 The Beatles onThe Ed Sullivan Show
1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games
2008 Beijing Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
2009 Barack Obama's Inauguration
Themeparks
Walt Disney World
Disneyland
Disneyland Paris
Six Flags over Texas
Six Flags Atlanta
Six Flags St. Louis
AstroWorld
CircusCircus AdventureDome
Knott's Berry Farm
MGM Grand Adventure
Universal Studios Hollywood
Worlds of Fun
Trails
Interurban tracks in North Texas and Central Oklahoma
Oregon Trail
Route 66 (I've driven the entire 'old road' from Chicago to LA)
Santa Fe Trail

Never better
A few experiences that will likely never be surpassed.
Comedy, humor, laughter
    Fame Becomes Me, a one-man show by and with Martin Short. I laughed so hard
    I almost had to go to the lobby to save myself from doing physical internal harm.
Drawings
    The Rothschild Drawing collection at the Museum of Modern Art.
Entertainment experience
    Cirque du Soleil
Friend
    Laird McDonald
Job
    Teaching
Dogs
    Dallas & Manhattan
House
    424 East 4th Street, Edmond OK
Naberhood
    Battery Park City, Manhattan
Car
    Chevy Tracker
Man-made place
    Disney parks
Natural place
    Southern Utah

Not so favorite

Lima beans
    Something happened in childhood to turn me against these vile things.
Ribs, wings, whole lobster
    Too much work for too little reward.
Food that has faces that stare at me

Some things I try to avoid
Not everything I face in life is going to be good, uplifting, or deserve my attention.
Here are a few things that are just not worth my time:
Poopy people
Toxic people (negative, complainers, rude, egotists)
Bitchy people
Any internet, web, or email technical support phone marathon
Ribs and wings - too difficult to eat. The work required doesn't match the food gained
Religious fanatics who believe they are correct, everyone else is wrong
People who have closed their minds well before they die
Mosquitoes - Noah should have killed both of them
Talking to people who lean their seat back on the airplane (won't help and its really their call)
Oysters. As Woody Allen says, "I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded - dead."
People with egos bigger than their brains
Bureaucrats
Theocrats
Lima beans
People when they are telling me about a movie they just saw. If I'm going to see the movie, I don't want their abridged version of it and if I'm not going to see the movie, their tale is just boring
Politicians
Used car salesmen
PWUTMAs - People who use too many acronyms
Egocrats and narcissists

Definition: nar·cis·sism [nahr-suh-siz-em]
    1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity -
        being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.
    Synonyms: self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism.
It seems that many narcissists are hiding deeper insecurities and fears - the 'me first' is quite likely just a cover so underlying deficiencies can be masked. Maybe this is just an appropriate and expected result of this era of fear-mongering from the government and the media. This commitment to self may help explain why so few people are involved or seem to care about the consequences of The Worst President Ever, climate change, and other social issues. I wonder if facebook, selfies, and personal blogs have an influence on this - much of this digital socializing encourages self-centeredness. The illustration above, by Ron Barrett in The New York Times, is so right-on. It portrays the extent of the universe in the minds of many people.

Life impactors (in no particular order)
Tracking the Santa Fe Trail
Once I stopped alongside the trail in western Kansas to see the trail ruts. Parallel to those ruts is the US highway, Route 50. On the other side of the highway is the Santa Fe railroad. I stood in the open field under a beautiful sky and it occurred to me that it was that railroad that replaced the Santa Fe Trail - it was faster, safer, and more comfortable. The railroad declined in popularity as people took to driving on the US highways - like the railroad but more convenient - one's own space and on one's own timetable. Just about that time in my thinking, a plane flew overhead paralleling the trail, the railroad, and the highway - now making 4 ways to travel along this route. I had a couple of impactful thoughts. One, the people on the Santa Fe Trail could not comprehend the automobile, much less, an airplane - a metal cylinder full of people that streaks through the sky. They might think one was mentally off if they described such a wonderful way to travel. The wagons on the trail made about 12 miles a day while the car travels that in about 10 minutes. Second, I wondered what the fifth mode of transportation would be. There's no good reason to think that transportation progress will stop with airplanes. Just like the wagoneers could not conceive of the car or plane, we may not be able to conceive of the next step or the one after that. Someday, people along that stretch of path in Kansas may look back on the obsolete airplane as being very primitive.
Other trails
Interurban commuter rail routes: North Texas, Oklahoma City, Boulder
The Oregon Trail
The Sound of Music
My parents took me to see the musical at the Music Hall in Dallas. I was probably only 12 or 13 years old. I was enthralled by the recreation and telling of a story on a stage. It got me hooked on seeing live theater. I am still awed by live performances - that people can communicate so well a time and place and emotion.
Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do
A great book that opened my eyes to the notion of living by two principles: 1. Do not hurt anybody and 2. Do not hurt anyone's possessions. That's it - simple yet thorough principles for life. All else falls within those two. The book details all the problems caused by government intervention into controlling people beyond that - to enforce a specific value system that infringes on individual liberties and responsibilities.
Living in Austin, 1968-74
Some of it is memories from college - an impactful time in life anyway, but also the impact from the city of Austin - a very diverse, laid-back, tolerant, and progressive community. There was the beautiful natural environment - lakes, hills, and parks that allowed an escape within the city and Austin preserved and protected as much of its natural character as it could. Going to school at a major university provided numerous opportunities for exposure to new ideas, people, and events.
Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris
All well-designed places that taught me to cherish my childhood and see the world slightly skewed through the eyes of innocent fantasy. I was impacted, as many 50s kids were, by watching the TV show Disneyland and wanting to go there. We did - in 1956, one year after it opened. It was life-changing. This wonderful place of comfort and familiarity that was all about fun. My design sense was influenced by what I experienced - the attention to detail, the craftsmanship, the historical references, the storytelling.
Koyaanisqatsi
This movie encouraged me to see the mundane differently - a Dadaist approach to experiencing our surroundings.
New York City
I fell in love with this 'wonderful town' in 1958 when the family visited and later when I made regular visits while working with the Pressman Toy Company on Backgammon-in-the-Round. What changed me was the energy and the inspiration of sights and ideas. Even though I live there for about 60 days of the year (2 months total) I have yet to tire of walking the naborhoods and discovering great new stimuli.
Black Like Me
A great book that impacted the way I thought about Negroes and discrimination. The author disguised himself as a Negro in New Orleans and experienced being treated completely differently from a few days earlier when he did essentially the same activities, but as a white man. This impacted my empathy and appreciation for what Negroes have suffered. It led to my admiration of Rosa Parks.
Comments from student evaluations, emails, and letters
I read these when I need a boost or when I am having doubts about my teaching or the impact I am making on others. They always provide the lift and inspiration I need.
Design for the Real World
Book by Victor Papenek: how I thought about the power of design. I read this in college when I was more idealistic and hopeful about how design could impact the world. The book encourages designers to use their talents to affect third-world countries and the less-advantaged.
Narcissists
I have had strong relationships with 4 people in my life who must be in the Top 5 of World's Biggest Narcissists. They were so self-centered that every conversation would be twisted until it was about them. As a child and young adult, I didn't realize the energy drain and shallowness of these relationships, but as an older adult, I finally realized how selfish, inconsiderate, and destructive it is to be so selfish. I didn't want to be that type of person.
Fountain splash
One summer in 1969 or 1970, I was working as a Freshman Orientation Advisor at UT. One evening there was a female student splashing in the fountain in the courtyard of the dorm where we all stayed. Another advisor was nearby. I asked if we should ask her to get out of the fountain, thinking that it was not appropriate or she would hurt herself or she simply shouldn't be there. The other advisor said, "Why? She's not hurting anybody." I learned that as long as one is not hurting any one nor themselves, let it go.
Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Texas
I certainly enjoyed the friendship and activities in the fraternity - late nights, pledge class functions, the parties, serenades, trips to the gulf coast, working on the house - I designed and rebuilt two rooms, one with a wall dividing the bath area from the bedroom. One thing that influenced me but I now regret was advising 'troubled' pledges, those that were not meeting the criteria the actives had set out for them. It seemed important then, but now I realize it was lots of crap. Anyway, I conducted sessions with the individual pledges and told them that it was not important what they think of themselves, only what others (the actives) thought of them. Ouch. I bought into that then. I know better now. I later learned the opposite to be true. I hope I didn't steer anyone dangerously astray.
Kill AHHS
In high school, I had bought and was wearing a spirit ribbon on my shirt. I and some friends had gone to Northpark Center after school (maybe to watch Sump'n Else which aired from the mall) and as I made a purchase, the cashier/clerk read the ribbon, Kill AHHS, and commented that killing them was a bit too extreme, too violent. She was smiling, but I had to agree. We hadn't even thought about the message - kill an opponent, a reference to military campaigns, battles, and conflicts. I learned to pay more attention to messages and consider less violent ones.
Don't overthink it
Dennis Cavanaugh, supervisor at Dobie Mall where I worked after college saw me trying to balance drink and items on my tray. He said to simply not look and let my hand achieve the balance. I looked up and he was right - achieving balance was then easy. I learned that one shouldn't try too hard, but to often let the innate system take over.
Smoking a cigarette
As a kid, our family would spend many summer afternoons at Spring Valley Country Club in north Dallas. Once, I was walking around the golf course with my mother. It must have been during the week as the course was not too busy. I got somewhat bored but it was a nice walk. About halfway through the course, we took a break at a shed that had a water jug and paper cups. My mother lit up a cigarette (this was before we understood all the dangers of cigarettes). I asked if I could try it. She said, "Sure. Take a deep breath." I did. gag. Cough, Sputter. I was dying here. Hocking my throat out. After I quieted down a bit, she said, "I hope you never do that again." I haven't.
Interior design class
For fun, in my 20s, I enrolled in a class at EastField College, Intro to Interior Design. The elderly matronly woman who spoke with an air of authority and respect discussed priorities. A sofa or chair with a bright busy print might look great in the showroom, in a catalog, or even in the living room - but what will happen when a guest with a busy print dress sits on that sofa. Not so great anymore. Her point and her lesson: the people in the room are the most important design element in a space. Design around them, not despite them.
'Authorities' don't always know
Interviewing in Dallas after college, I showed my design portfolio book to Alan Lidji and he told me what my best piece was (I don't remember which) and he told me not to show another piece. Later, I interviewed with Stan Richards of The Richards Group. He commented that the best piece was the very one Alan said not to show. Instead of just being confused, I realized right then that it would be entirely up to me to decide what is good and what isn't. Here were two very successful designers in Dallas and they had differing opinions, almost canceling each other out. It was now up to me to make intelligent decisions.
Bryce Canyon in the rain
I stood on the rim of the mesa looking about 200 miles to the east and spotted a thunderstorm off in the distance. Instead of seeking shelter - I just stood there and waited for the storm to come up the mesa/canyon walls and right over me. Standing in the rain - phenomenal, spiritual, and mesmerizing.
Other trips
Western US with Laird; Las Vegas: attention to detail. excess, elaborate, spend the money and it shows; Seattle, Los Angeles, Orlando,
Bryce Canyon, Southern Utah, Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona, Mexico; Europe and Africa
Working summers at Six Flags over Texas
My first real job requiring responsibility and maturity (other than being a paperboy). I had to ensure guest safety and that each would have a positive experience in the park. I enjoyed making guests laugh and have fun. Worked with great people, all there to have a good time in the summer. Met people from all over the area.
I also spent time observing the urban planning and park layout: the traffic flow, building locations, que lines, architecture, Victoriana. I often reworked areas to address observed issues and improve user desires and needs. I came up with ideas for new rides and sketched rides, buildings, and layouts.
This bumper sticker

Once I had decided to become a teacher and experienced the low funding for education, this image disturbed me.
Sleepovers in South Dallas
Growing up in north Dallas, we had a maid who came to the house at least twice a week. She was actually part of the family. She had a son, also named James, who was my age. My mother suggested that I go home with Fammie and spent the night at their house so James and I could play. I suspect she worked out the details with Fammie beforehand. I remember having some of Fammie's excellent cooking that night. James and I played outside until dark. It was a fun sleepover. My mother never coached me or cautioned me that I was going to south Dallas into a black naborhood. She positioned it simply as two kids playing together for an evening. It was a good lesson on what makes us more similar than different.
Summer vacations with the family
We saw Civil War battlefields, big cities, national parks, purple mountain majesties, amber waves of grain, and oceans white with foam. These trips forever showed me the joy, inspiration, and growth that comes from traveling out of one's naborhood.
Scout and summer camps
Watching the human spirit at its best
Cirque du Soleil, the Andy Williams Show in Branson, Olympic competitions, and the NSync and Michael Jackson concerts.
Building paper models
Summer, 1956: Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. 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.

Designers
Benjamin Franklin
Buckminster Fuller
Frank Lloyd Wright
Herb Lubalin
Richard Saul Wurman
Steve Jobs
Thomas Edison
Thomas Jefferson
Walt Disney


People/mentors
Jim and Lorraine Watson, parents
Margaret Hudson, Hillcrest High School art teacher in Dallas from 1966 to 1968. Guided me with a sense of humor, high expectations for my work, and subtle encouragement and support. Demanding teacher who wouldn't allow mediocrity from her good students. Ms. Hudson graduated from SMU with a degree in Advertising Art and assigned a few graphic design projects in the art curriculum - unusual for high school art - and significant in introducing me to design.


While purging files and fotos, I found this note from Ms. Hudson. She heavily influenced my teaching philosophy, as evidenced by her suggestions - Think and contemplate. Have a reason for everything. Be critical. Ms Hudson was active, strong, and lived honestly, by her own rules. Margaret Hudson died on April 2, 2016 in Dallas.

Thomas Boggs, Manager at TGI Friday's.

Donna Adams, helped me get through graduate school.
Wanda Hill, good friend with an incredible and positive zest for life. Tons of energy and selfless service to others.

Dennis Cavanaugh, see story above.
Milton Jackson, Chapter Advisor to Sigma Chi Fraternity while I was President. His no-ego dedication to helping others was unusual to see at that time and has guided me since. He died of cancer when I was still in college.
Laird McDonald, best friend and fellow traveler. Great designer and conversationalist. We redesigned almost every environment we encountered. And it was fun. I will always miss his friendship. More
Cecilia Robertson, best girlfriend who taught me about relationships and encouraged me to look at myself.
Abdullah Syed, design student, teacher, artist.

Acquaintances, Tommy Moore at Camp Constantine, Jim Wilson at Dallas Times Herald, Rip Parker, singer at Six Flags, Highland Park high school tennis player, Audelia Road school basketball court.

Link to Jim's resume

My devices

Back in the 1980s, I was facing the daunting task of writing a doctoral dissertation. I had been using an electric typewriter for my grad school papers, cutting and pasting with scissors and tape and retyping the page. It was time to get a better machine - one that could save my work and allow easier manipulation of text. I perused the options and settled on the Atari 800 in 1983 - during the very time period that Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin were developing the Macintosh computer. The Atari 800 was highly rated in reviews. You could add memory boards to boost the capacity to 58K ram! A variety of cartridges were available for games, and productivity functions. I explored options for designing layouts and manipulating and placing text, none of which was in the manuals. I was asked to present some of the layout and text formatting tips to the Computing Science department at the University of North Texas. It was so early in the chronology of desktop publishing that guidelines hadn't yet been established for graphic design.
The Atari computer served me well through graduate school, but upon graduation in 1987, I upgraded to Apple products.

The Palm Pilot PDA truly enhanced my life and it got me hooked on pocket computers.

I avoided getting a cell phone because I didn't want another gadget in my pocket. Someone told me about a Sprint phone that had a Palm PDA integrated into it. Great. I got it, loved, it, and wore it out.

        5 iPhones, starting with the day it first came out - June 29, 2007
        4 desktop computers: iMac, eMac, early Macs
        6 laptop computers: MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
        2 iPads, starting with the first generation
        2 iPad Mini, first generation
        9 iPods, starting with the first generation
        2 HomePods
       13 accessories: cables, earbuds, docks, cases, hard drive, flash drives, laptop bag
 2,924 items on iTunes (some free downloads)

Desktops: eMac, iMac,

Laptops: Macbook Pro , MacBook Air

iPads: May 2010, March 2012, Mini: Oct 2013

iPods: 2001, 2003, 2004, Shuffle 2006/7, Classics: 2007

iPhones: 2007, 2009, 2011; 2013 (5 was my favorite), 2016