All About Bob O.
My Story starts in the small mid-western town of St. Charles,
Missouri. I was born to George and Margie O'Lary on November 20, 1953
at St. Joseph's Hospital. Dr. Cantey was the attending obstetrician.
I was a "city slicker" for the first six years of my life.
to see a picture of me at four years of age in my Easter suit.
My family moved from the city to a small horse ranch (127 acres) in
my sixth year, and I became quite the cowboy. It was called "O'Lary's
Pony Farm" and we bought, sold & bred American Quarterhorses. We
also maintained it as a riding stable. I rode, broke, and help care
for our 32 horses, 13 ponies, and a burro or two. Heck, we even had a
goat, a pig, and a steer!
to see Bob O in his Cub Scout uniform at age 8.
In 1966 my father retired from McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, and we
moved to Tampa, Florida where I entered the 7th grade, and continued
through 12th grade, where I graduated from East Bay High School in
1972. Music performance was the highlight of my life then, as I'd
been in the band since 3rd grade, and discovered the joy of singing
in chorus during high school.
to see Bob O's senior picture. (last photo of me without my beard..
remember, this was 1972!).
I attended Manatee Junior College in Bradenton, Florida and received
my Associate of Arts degree in Music Education, and then matriculated
to the University of West Florida in Pensacola, then to Tallahassee
to attend Florida State University.
While finishing my Music Ed. degree, I began working in photography,
and decided this would be my professional carreer instead of music
teaching. I also started "messing around" with computers. (here we go
to see Bob O with his friend Burt Reynolds.
Now I am a fun-loving guy with a keen interest in photography,
computing, and casino gambling. I enjoy teaching others about
computers, modems and network telecommunications.
I was self-employed for fifteen years as a freelance commercial photographer.
My photographic client list includes a diverse group of publishers including
the New York Times, People Magazine, Modern Maturity, United Press International,
the Associated Press, Stern Magazine, Parade Magazine, American Banker Magazine,
Mother Jones, and numerous state and regional newspapers. (I've even been published
in the National Enquirer..EEK!)
I am the past-president of T-Apple User Group. I am an active Leon
County Schools volunteer, and a Partner in Excellence. I am also a
national internet/WEB consultant, having presented at state
technology conventions, and twice for the National Legislature in
I was employed by Hartsfield Elementary School as their technology
coordinator from 1994 to 2000. I am also employed by the Florida
Attorney General's Public Information Office as an HTML/WEB graphics
I am now employed by Florida A&M University's School of Journalism and
Graphic Communication as a Senior Computer Repair Technician (state job). I
anticipate that this job will last me another good long time, as I stick to
most jobs forever it seems. I really enjoy the merging of the "teaching and
technology" there, and I enjoy the company of the faculty & staff as well.
Mr. Craig Zody, my good friend, taught me how to use the HTML
programming language. Many thanks Craig!
This is a picture of Craig and his wife Janie at our Halloween party.
(Craig is on the left)
To be fair, I'll include a picture of ME at the same party! Click
see Bob O as a werecow. (moo, moo moo...)
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