HULL Bio - Ian P. Winsor

My name is Ian P. Winsor. I live in Etobicoke (Suburban Toronto), Ontario, Canada, but I was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. I am 33 years old and I am now married to my lovely (and very understanding!) wife Dian Marie. We have no human children (knock on wood!) but are the "parents to 11 Cockatoos and 1 big and adorable Green Wing Macaw. I work as a Network Systems Analyst at Policy Management Systems Canada (PMS for short!).

I have had a fascination for the military and technology for as long as I can remember. I build and blew up lots of plastic models as a kid and read everything I could get my hands on about war, history and the military. I joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets at age 14 and spent the next 5 summers of my life bumming around CFB's (Canadian Forces Base) Borden, Gagetown, and Greenwood. I did both my Glider and Powered Pilot's Licenses during my service term and wished I never had to reach "retirement age" and have to quit.

I wanted to join the Canadian Forces and do pilot training but, 1) they told me the waiting period was 2 years and 2) they advised me that I would be turned down due to my height and would probably lose my kneecaps while ejecting from a F-104 or F-101. I chose to go into computers as my second choice and did 2 years at DeVry Institute in Toronto.

I bought the original Harpoon for DOS shortly after its release for $24 Canadian. Apparently, so guy special ordered it, prepaid half of it, and then decided he didn't want it. My local computer store offered it to me if I paid the balance. I took it home and stayed up all night playing on my XT. I was very disinterested in my day job for the next couple of days and got minimal amounts of sleep. I ate most of my meals at the computer and lost touch with friends and family. I bought everything every released for Harpoon 1, 2, the miniature rules, etc. I begged for a long time to be a Beta tester and was finally granted that privilege for HC97/EC2000 (Thanks BI and Gord!).

Like most of you, I am really looking forward to the next version of Computer Harpoon and hope that this time it gets done right. I hope the Don and Larry pick the right people to run the project and that enough time and money is available to create the definitive Harpoon. With their request for input from all of us, it looks like they are off to a good start.

E-mail --- ianpwinsor@pmsc.com
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