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    Editor’s Message – Contacting Me

    I am not a tech person and I will not answer any tech questions. You can contact me by sending a letter to the editor at editor@suanews.com. If you don’t want me to post what you write just ask me to keep it private. Otherwise I will post all inquiries. You can also contact me by posting a reply at the end of this message and that will be seen by all, if I approve it. I will not approve anything that contains foul language, and not on point. You may start your own subject or question and feel...

    1981 – 1983 Jerrold Division, General Instrument Nogales Mexico

      I had returned to Tucson wanting to get out of the car business, but I got a job the next day as a new car sales manager at Sundown Datsun. While I was in San Diego the old Bill Ellis Datsun dealership had been sold. They had been looking me for a while and it was easy for me to start making good money immediately, but after a few months I still wanted out. I finally received a response to one of the resume’s I had sent out.  I got an interview with the Jerrold Electronics Division of General...

    1942 – 1949 The Early Formative Years Part 2

      In 1942, I believe after the air raid in February, my mom and Aunt Beatrice took me to Mexico for my first visit to meet all the family there. My uncle, Tio Chito, (Chee-toe) owned a small grocery store in Cuauhtémoc and was considered a rich man at the time. He had a couple of cooks, maids and people who worked in the store. We travelled by train roundtrip and were gone for about four or five months. How could a poor family afford that?   Chihuahua Mexico, 1942 I remember parts of the trip: In...

    !979 – 1981 Bill Ellis Datsun to General Instrument

    I arrived in Tucson Friday afternoon and was immediately paged, “Will   Chuck Diaz please report the XYZ Airline counter?”  With that I went to the counter and they had keys to a car that were dropped off for me. I went to the parking lot and got in to my brand-new Datsun 280ZX. I got in the car and headed for Tucson not knowing where I was. As I got closer to downtown Tucson I stopped at the first hotel I came to. I spent one of the loneliest nights of my life that Friday night. Not knowing...

    An American of Mexican Descent – The Story of My Life

    by C Howard Diaz Well, the book is taking shape and I decided to post it in the chapter sequence based on the date. More will be added to the “Extra Stuff” section that will cover different stories left out of the chapters. I never intended to get this far with allowing anyone to read this, but what the hell. 1923 – 1937 The Beginning of an American/Mexican Family 1937 – 1946 WWII and a Broken Home is Not That Bad 1942 – 1949 The Early Formative Years Part 1 1942 –...

    1975 – 1979 From Entertainment to the Car Business

     Editors Comment: Releasing each chapter the way I’m doing puts a lot of pressure on both me and the reader. If you read an entire book you would judge the book. Reading my book, one chapter at a time, makes you judge the book chapter by chapter. My point is, they all won’t be good, but I still hope you learn something. Comments are always important, even if you just let me know you read it.  ________________ When I left The Raintree, I had been out from under the corporate umbrella...

    1970 – 1975 The Raintree Years

    Editor’s Note: I get a bit descriptive with a subject in this chapter so if you don’t want to read anything that I would classify as semi-adult language, don’t read on. Just to be clear, there were never any Hippies at The Raintree.  _________________________________________       Soon after my success with Production Data Systems, in mid-1969, I started going out almost every night. I had broken up with a girl I had been with for over two years and I was ready to hit the...

    1965 – 1966 Ford Aeronutronics

      When I sold the Doll house I had a rough time getting a job. I had gone on a short vacation blowing the money I had made on the Doll House sale and I hadn’t realized how hard it would be to get a job. At every interview I was told I was over qualified because of the job I had had at AiResearch as a Production Control Supervisor. Things got so bad I was living in a pay by the night cheap hotel. It was an all-male hotel and there actually was a sign outside my window that blinked “CHEAP”...

    1964 – 1965 The Plush Bunny & The Doll House

    In 1960’s Southern California beer bars were in their hey day. There were beer bars that featured entertainment and beer bars that featured topless waitresses. There were beer bars that only sold beer and some that served wine. They usually had any number of pool tables, but those that weren’t topless had entertainment and dancing. One of the biggest beer bars was a place called Lil Abner’s in Long Beach. There was the Whale House, The Tomcat, Apple Annie’s and The Plush Bunny to name a few...

    1968 – 1971 Production Data Systems

    After leaving Burgmaster I immediately formed Production Data Systems Inc, (PSDI) and started marketing my products. I had my boxes of tab cards that were the entire MRP system and I also made a deal to lease the computer owned by Data Systems of San Diego (DSSD. I made a deal so that the computer and facilities would be essentially mine from 6 PM every Friday till 6AM Monday morning. Don Weber, the owner, agreed and the deal would start when I got my first customer. In this way, I could honestly...

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