About the Author:
Henry Charles (Hank) Mishkoff

I've heard it said that the Web is the ultimate Vanity Press – and if that's so, far be it from me to pass up an opportunity like this. So without further ado, here's a quick look at Who I Am and What I've Done.

  • PERSONAL: I was born in New York City (the Bronx, actually) in 1949 and grew up in the suburbs (Yonkers). At various times, I've lived in Hartford, Connecticut; Birmingham, Alabama; and Lubbock, Texas. I've lived in the Dallas area since 1980.

  • EDUCATION: I attended undergraduate school at Cornell (Engineering), the University of Hartford (Music, Philosophy, Political Science, English Literature – hey, it was the 60's, what can I say?), the University of Colorado (summer only – does that count?), and was finally (!) graduated from Samford University, a small private institution in Birmingham. (The main attraction of Samford was that they actually agreed to accept all of the various and sundry credits that I had accumulated over the years.)

  • WRITING: Since 1980, I've supplemented my income by writing about various computer-related subjects. I've had two books published (one about the IBM PCjr, the other about Artificial Intelligence), and I've written perhaps a dozen magazine articles about subjects as diverse as computer conferencing, EDI, and cellular billing systems. In 1995, I wrote a regular column for a Dallas weekly newspaper that discussed local business-related uses of the Internet. I also create fiction (no cracks about the PCjr book, please); in addition to my never-ending (?) work on a novel entitled Transition, I occasionally write short stories. In fact, my first short story, Dream Girl, was awarded the Grand Prize in a contest sponsored by the Fort Worth Star Telegram. (I haven't won an award since. Maybe I should have quit while I was ahead.)

  • MUSIC: I've been an amateur musician since high school; the most notable thing about that is that among my classmates was Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame. Yes, I knew him; yes, we occasionally jammed together; no, I was never actually in a band with him; no, we don't keep in touch (although he did get me a backstage pass to one of his concerts in Dallas). I played music for a living with a couple of bands for a couple of years in the early 70's. I've composed music and sound effects for various computer games over the years, but I haven't kept up with advances in the field; my chances of actually becoming a Rock Star decline every day. (Bummer!)

  • COMPUTERS: My first computer-related work experience was as a programmer on an IBM 1401 for Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford in 1970. My main claim to fame since then, dubious as it may be, is that I was one of the original programmers for Texas Instruments when they developed the ill-fated TI-99/4(A) Home Computer in 1978. I've largely survived as a consultant and contract programmer since early 1983; much of my work has been in designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining reporting and commission systems for companies in diverse businesses such as wireless phone service, home security, convention planning, and oil drilling data.

  • TELECOMMUNICATION: I've been involved in telecommunication since about 1981. I've written magazine articles about it; I've developed and taught courses about it; and I've used it extensively, both for personal and business reasons.

  • WEB SERVICE: I launched my web service company, WebFeats, in mid-1995. Some of my efforts include:

  • SAVING THE WORLD: I saved the world from a nuclear holocaust at the dawn of the millennium. Read all about it at http://www.WebFeats.com/EOD/.

  • RESUME: A current copy of my resume should always be online at http://www.WebFeats.com/resume.html.

Thank you for your indulgence. I'm afraid that that's all I can think of to say about myself right now. (Whew!) But if I do think of anything else, you can be sure that I'll come back and add it to this page!

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