About me.

Male, born in 1956.  I’ve wrecked two motorcycles and got some metal in my heart.  I love technology!

I started working at the L.S. Starrett company in Athol, MA until it became obvious to everyone but me that I was gay.  Company said “Seek treatment for your condition or else.”  So I did.  Didn’t work out the way Starrett’s planned.  The APA had removed or was about to remove homosexuality from their list of treatable (billable?) illnesses.  I like me just the way I am so I moved to New Hampshire in 1976.
In 1984 my motorcycle was truck from behind in a hit and run accident.

Me lying on my back in a Stryker frame with tension on my head.

Not a pretty start.

I spent a week and one half in the Eliot being flipped with a pancake and having the sheet peeled from my back. I wear a minimum of a leather scooter jacket now for running to the market and leather chaps and boots for longer jaunts.
Me lying face down in the Stryker frame with my road-rash'd back on display.

We need to pull the sheet off your back Mr.Joly. Grab onto that bar under the mattress -- You can't bend that.

Yeah, all you need to do is go through this once wearing a Bell helmet, jogging shorts and a thread-bare athletic shirt before you decide that ain’t enough protection.
Black and white photograph of me in halo vest traction shown from my right side.

Art at home in halo vest traction.

I wore this rig for four months before it could be safely removed and replaced with a foam rubber support collar.

About Art

55 years old. By training, ability and experience I am a master toolmaker. My most recent projects include designing and building a process to grind a G rotor pump shaft with four diameters and holding all four diameters within plus or minus 4 microns of nominal. This was an automated process using two centerless grinders refitted to my specifications using automatic load and unload machines plus automatic feedback gauging. I also designed and built an inspection machine to check for the presence and size of a straight knurl on a hinge pin using a vision system for non-contact gauging.
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