I was born in the first half of the previous century in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, Russia. I was lucky enough to witness ongoing changes in the programming world. As an application scientist in laser optics I spent many years frequently using programming as a tool and never thought it would become my everyday business and profession. I started with Mainframe and early Russian PC like "Iskra" ("spark") where Algol69, Fortran and Basic -like languages were used. That times my PC boxes were always open to be available for repair needed almost every day. And preparation to run the job on mainframe was so time consuming that (to avoid delays) I used razor to quickly fix punch cards made by technicians from the text of my program.
Coming to USA in my middle ages I was lucky to find a steady job in programming (though news in optics and scientific publications continue to draw my attention and interest, and I still teach Math and Physics having students ages from 5 to 35). Working with C/C++, Oracle and Basic I also gradually became familiar with FoxPro where I was surprised with the language flexibility, resources and it's ability to be used in quite different areas. I like the FoxPro community and would like to say a special thanks to founders and supporters of forums like foxite.com where I am able to express my interest, became familiar with problems that other people meet, and offer the solutions. My best wishes to all of you.