My Full Story, Autobiography
I went to tweleve years of school in Los Angeles, California. In High School most of all the people I knew everywhere my were musicians in 1975, I knew hundreds of musicians. Everyone played guitar, bass, sung vocals, played drums, or worked in audio reproductions. During that time Teac, Japan, the Reel to Reel specialist, released home professional 4+ track audio recorders. I took lessons and played drums and later played mallets instruments, vibraphone and marimba. Later I learned how to record multi-track music. At a Hollywood music recording class we learned how music was recorded. I learned and later found a songwriter and recorded four songs in class. We learned live 24 track recording studios at Capital Records, Universal Studios, TTG, and others for Brian Ingoldsby Audio Recording class, he was a first class engineer and instructor.
After I graduated from high school in 1975, I attended California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California. I everything Harmony, African, Indian, and Balanese percussion--World Music. My main major was percussion, played drums, and mallet keyboard instruments. One of my first jobs was as an assembler of roller skate boards in Burbank, CA. Another job was at Professional Audio Systems, North Hollywood building wood cabinets and tri-amplified crossover six amplifier big loud speaker systems. As a musician, I was poor, but had the energy, stamina, and creative genius at that time.
In 1978 I was twenty-one years old and employed by AZ Radio. On skid-row downtown Los Angeles I worked at the discount appliance and made lots of money. Then bought a home. I met a girlfriend, worked, and after three years had a motorcycle riding in the California Mojave Desert and broke my leg. During the recovery I had time to time to heal and think about my future. Time passed and I decided to attend California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo electronics engineering school. With much english and math preliminary training, I was accepted and graduated four years later with a Bachelor of Science engineering degree in Electronics Engineering Technology in 1986.
Before graduation, I interviewed with Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, California. I was hired during a hiring freeze, and then was layed off within a year. I sold my new 1986 red Corvette and moved to Santa Barbara. I attended one of the first C Programming classes at University Of California, Los Angeles, UCLA Extension in Los Angeles. Also I attended Santa Barbara Community College and took business and grant proposal writing for my company in 1987.
I designed and wrote several Phase One National Science Foundation and National Eye Foundation Small Business Innovation Research, SBIR, grant proposals. I submitted twenty or more, government Phase One grant proposals over a couple of years. Time submission deadlines and writing formats were strict. I designed, wrote, and drew drawings for product patents to measure eyeglasses and human eye movement by imaging camera. Still with little financial income, I moved back to my North Hollywood home--financially I leased it for nearly ten years.
In 1992 I became Optical Automation Incorporated in California. During this time I taught myself HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap also wrote Microsoft C++ programming language using Visual Studio the beginning of the ShopperLady concepts. I submitted grant and patent proposals to National Science Foundation, Department of Commerce, National Eye Institute, and the Armed Forces grant foundations. Still denied acceptance everytime without any government financial assistance, I begun looking for employment.
With my education and talent for computers, it was the year 2000 when American Telephone And Telegraph, AT& &, El Segundo hired me. I was a Field Technician and drove a brand new van to install DSL Internet and software into clients home IBM computers . After a year I was then replaced by post office mail and a product modem box as a DSL self install kit. I transferred into the AT & T T1 Digital Maintenance department at San Ramon, California National Call Center. I worked there for six years and then for another six years in Tustin, California repairing Digital T1 business service for the company. Worked day, night, and mornging hours and by 2013, I retired from the telephone company. With my creative talent and retirement I hired myself.
Today, as I look back, becoming a musician was fun, gave me focus, and was exhilarating, but glad I did the music and graduation with Technologist degree. My work at ATT was real and glad to put it behind me and from it now living by government Social Security retirement. My talent marketing appliances during the 70's as a musician gave me a base to market guitar, bass, drums, and recording electronics to get retail experience marketing to the public. But my most recent completion of ReactJS has presented me with a a means for developing NextJS and MongoDB for MERN style data driven websites for my network, MyOneUniverse.com.
James Avakian, Developer and Founder
Optical Automation, LLC
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