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kjer stands for "Kansas Jeremy." Yahoo screwed up things and added the rest. My good grrrl's name is "Julie Jane Russell Because She Ain't No Jack" but we just call her Julie and a host of nicknames (Mz. Demeanor, Land Shark, God Damn it!, etc.)

Born in North Dakota, learned to talk in Texas, early elementary years in southern Michigan near Lake Huron, brief time in Miami Beach (during WWII), back to Michigan. Parents divorced and we moved back to northcentral Kansas, which became my adopted home (although folks were 4th or 5th generation Kansans). At 18, joined USAF and served a year in Korea (after the cease-fire) and two in southern Japan; however, the only foreign country I served in was pre-Civil Rights movement Gulf Coast Mississippi! :) My Air Force job was control tower operator, then later worked in headquarters administration. Returned to Kansas, got married to wife number 1 and got a college degree (or two plus) and taught public school (8th Grade English) for 4 years. Adopted two mixed-race children (girl and boy). Spent a year ill and unemployed then began working for 25 years with mentally and multiply challenged folks in State institutions. Divorced after 25 years (amicably), endured 4 years of bachelorhood, then married wife Number 2. (Both fine women, by the way.) Retired for five years then got a part-time college instructor position, teaching Freshmen how to write at the college level for another five years, then retired a second time. Still with wife No. 2.

My first identity was as an artist. Later, also became a writer. Wrote about about nine multi-volumed science-fantasy novel manuscripts. Was given very encouraging rejections by editiors, but just never seemed to be what met their publishing needs. Gave up art (pastel pencils and fine-line ink drawings, mostly) for about 10 years due to operations on wrists that messed up coordination in fingers and created involuntary releases of my grasp. (It's very discouraging to spent 40 hours on a fine-line ink drawing only to drop the pen on it in the last hour or two.) Finally decided that avenue of expression was no longer viable for me and concentrated by creative efforts into writing. Then, about four years ago, I discovered the worlds of Bryce, Poser, and Vue and have been able to go back to my first love; art.

My association with Renderosity has been wonderful. In my gallery I get to combine both my creative loves: writing and art. I appreciate very much the responses and comments of viewers and thank those special few who keep comming back to my gallery. Interests in no particular order: 3D Graphic arts, writing (poetry and novels), photography, science-fiction and fantasy, science in general, astronomy (especially Mars and extra solar planets), ecology.



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