CIVILIAN: Thirty-five years leading software development at various companies including American Airlines, GE, Dun & Bradstreet, and FedEx.
RUNNING: For years I was an ultra-distance cyclist changing four years ago to triathlons. In triathlons running is the last event and the event that shows the effectiveness of training and race plan execution. Similarly with treating cancer; the effectiveness of treating the cancer comes from research, experiments, trails, and treatment plans. I am committed to helping those doing this important work.
CANCER: I lost my sister to cancer in her 40’s. My daughter, 33, is fighting cancer. I have lost friends to cancer. But I have seen cancer beaten in friends, too. Let’s finish cancer.
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Larry Tieman was born, and likely conceived, in a pickup outside Harrisonville, Mo. Raised on his grandfather's farm, he attended a one-room country school and escaped a career as a small town politician by attending the US Air Force Academy. While there he highlighted an undistinguished academic career with a poor military attitude, several punishment details and lasting personal problems.
After graduation, he flew airplanes in the Air Force and developed a reputation as a compulsive, unlucky gambler and as a reckless pilot. Going by the call sign of “George of the Jungle”—a reference to several alleged incidents (none ever proven) involving paratroopers—he was eventually to spend a year in Cambodia and Laos further enhancing his reputation as a fearless (read scary) pilot and poker player.
After some unfortunate flying incidents reported by humorless civilians and a feature role on a special Military Police edition of “Cops”, the Air Force decided to get him out of airplanes and sent him to earn a Ph.D. in computer science. As a consequence, he is now considered a disgrace to the flight suit by his old flying buddies and is no longer invited to their parties.
The technology-gypsy then wandered from American Airlines to Dun & Bradstreet to GE and finally to FedEx. As an SVP at FedEx, he had responsibilities for application development and architecture.
His career is best summarized by his fifth grade biographer (who wishes to remain anonymous, wants it understood she was assigned this project and would have preferred The Back Street Boys) who wrote, “He should have been a pig farmer.”
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