billziegler1947: Lebenslauf (the run of my life, i.e. resumé/curriculum vitae)

For reference purposes only.

I started studying the Geography of the Middle East in 1965, two-years before the Six-Day War (in Arabic the Naksa: that word denotes “everything turned upside-down.” It is still upside-down. I was 8 months old of the Nakba happened: the catastrophe. The history of Palestine lines up year by year with my life events.

Refugees again. This time in 1967. Naksa.

My studies continued at Kansas State where I completed my M.A. followed by a year of post-graduate studies at Justus Liebig Universitãt in Giessen, West Germany. I was there during the Summer Olympic Games in Munich, unfortunately I have not yet visited Palestine nor the country that became its occupier in 1948.

Also learning Arabic العَرَبِية language, Geography of Palestine, the Right of Return, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 



Getting Around in German at Tristate German-American School for 22 years 1989 – 2013. Hundreds of language learners get together on Saturday mornings. At one time German was the language of half Cincinnati. The takeaway: learn languages to remove borders and barriers, not to isolate them into competing camps.

Freelance translator on Proz.com , a gathering place and port for translators with any language skill. My particular translation pair: German to English. It’s a way to spend your entire day in another language. But now I can watch YouTube in German and learn Arabic at the same time.


Established first Vendor Master Database for SAP at P&G. 140 supply chains with separate vendor data collected into one. It all happened around Y2K. Computer code is language too. Code is also a way to communicate. 





Electronic Circuit Materials Division in Blanchester OH. They finally got an automated business system : 1980 to 1987. They liquidated the business in 1987 and I returned to U.C. and the teaching trade. But I still have several memory boards from the CIP 2200B minicomputer, manufactured in South Lebanon OH. Those boards are suited to framing and look great next to my slide rule. Ten-key adding machines and an HP programmable calculator. The computer came equipped with 96-column card readers. We had a single Apple II-e with an 80-character screen.


University of Cincinnati: Department of Geography 1965-1969 B.A.


Kansas State University: Department of Geography 1969 – 1971 M.A.



Return to the University of Cincinnati. This time German Languages and Literatures, 1987 – 1993 M.A.

migration routes around the 800 C.E.
migration routes around the 800

Justus Liebig Universität, Gießen, West Germany
Germanistik and Geography 1971 – 1973 giessen



Bill’s avatar: Mandrake Mumbletunes: a moose.

Lisa’s avatar: Gretel: an owl.

Where Mumbletunes met Gretel – under the names of Prufrock and Elle: TriStateOnline in 1993. tristate-online-74036608A good place to meet a soulmate. We connected to the Unix box that contained the electrons at the mind-numbing speed of 1200 baud.IMG_0637

Thanks for visiting.

14 thoughts on “aboutbillziegler1947”

  1. You’re a doll and she’s beautiful. The Cloud and esme knows that the best of hearts gravitate towards each other, sometimes too late, sometimes at just the right time. Like you two. By the Gods and Medium-sized Dogs, the webernet sometimes is worth its weight in the finest gold.

    – esme dancing with them both upon the Cloud ❤


    1. I shared your graceful and soothing responses with Lisa — she agrees with you on both counts 🙂 We complement each other and compliment each other by being differently demeanored souls.
      Northern European plodder philosopher meets Southern European singer/dancer/ebullient poet.

      Lisa — Pisces, Chinese zodiac Tigger, Owl, night-persona, Esmeesque
      Bill — Virgo, Chinese zodiac Piglet, Moose, morning-persona, Hariodesque.
      Expressing gratitude now to each Medium-sized Dog who weighs the gold (Au) in each of us for each of us. Them is great doggers!
      We enjoyed the splendid dance — ankles never grow weary on an Esmean Cloud.
      Many hearts ❤ ❤ ❤ to everyone reading these thumbnails 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your kind reply, da AL
      My two years of Latin from ’61/’62 introduced me to inflections. About ten years ago I relearned the Latin. I’ve been told that people who suffer from piped-in music ear-worms are instinctively better at language learning.
      I’m getting ready to write about converting numbers to letters. Back in the 70’s there was a memory fad based on something called the ‘Major System.” It was mostly a parlor game thing — memorizing long numbers by converting each digit into a consonant. When stuck in traffic I would use the system to read license-plate numbers by creating words in my mind. Lisa is my sound board for such things that interest her not one single bit 🙂
      We each had dial-up connections to a local telephone company that provided the bulletin board as a public service. There were a number of boards for different interests in 1993. I saved our correspondence on 5 1/4″ discs and printed them out on a dot-matrix printer. One year — for her birthday — I went through and annotated them for a ring binder. She still has it. 🙂

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    1. Hello Violet, sorry for the incredibly very long delay in responding to your very kind comment.
      I have indeed ridden quite a few metaphoric rollercoasters and metaphoric games of Chutes and Ladders. But it’s always wonderful to realize that each of us, including all the marvelous fellow-travelers who are endlessly exploited for the value of their protective coverings, tissue, bone and marrow. Your gifts at revealing your strong and gentle heart — actually transforming them in your comics into what they genuinely already are.
      Once devoted in this way it becomes impossible to deny complicity for a disturbing appetite. Know that your work finds welcome all over this planet we should always share 🙂

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      1. Bill hi, I would suggest you come and visit Palestine – you know Palestine was Israel before 1948. If you come I would be only too happy to offer you coffee and you can tell me what you think about Israel and answer any of your questions if I can. Even though I live here and spent hundreds of hours at lectures my memory unfortunately is not what it used to be as I am now 76. I live in Netanya and would be only too pleased to help you find answers from history lecturers to any questions you may have. My opinion on Israel seems a bit different to yours but I am sure we could have interesting chats. I must tell you I am fascinated with BDS and how so many people really do have a problem with facts here and there but I always believe you have to visit a country and speak with the locals so as to make up your own mind. I keep hearing from members that there is a Genocide in Israel and the disputed territories yet their own statistics show this to not be true. How many members know that an Israeli president was sentenced to jail by an Arab judge. That Arabs account for 20% of the population and that is their representation at Universities and hospitals where they are professors and famous surgeons. Please don’t mix up Israel and politicians – I would swap Bibi for Trump in a heartbeat. I think we should keep our correspondence private as I really do not want to cause anyone any grief.
        Looking forward to your reply
        Mike Altman, Netanya Israel


      2. Hello Michael, Thank you so much for the very kind comments, they are gratefully received. In the two years I’ve been writing this blog, yours is the very first remark from an Israeli perspective — a succinct and thoughtful set of arguments as well. I certainly respect your wishes to maintain an off-blog conversation; however, I would also like to share your views with my audience. Please know that I am quite willing to make your comment visible — again, I understand your concern.
        Here is one proposal: I am eager to write a post that addresses your points and to respond on each concern you express. An open conversation between viewpoints is sorely lacking, but desperately needed. Droning on in parallel from differently selected events, statistics and perspectives proceeds without hope of resolution, and indefinitely. I have been following the “conflict” for many decades now. I was born eight months before the events of 1948, so it is possible for me to relate each event. For example, I was a student in Germany during the Munich Olympics of 1972. So I was 25 years old and so was Israel/Palestine Palestine/Israel.
        Perhaps a point-by-point response that does not reveal your name or location might be a worthy compromise between private and open dialog.
        It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Michael. I look forward to learning from you 🙂


      3. I try and reply to posts immediately but your reply was different to what I somehow expected. I do not at all mind our conversation being viewed online I incorrectly assumed it would be you that would rather have an offline chat.
        Since I am blessed/cursed with a very over active imagination I manage to see things from multiple angles and standpoints. When I think of BDS my mind is flooded with so many questions of why does one well funded organization with ardent followers choose a basically one sided view of just one of the many obviously urgent problems on our planet. Reading articles I do understand that people are writing from their viewpoint but like I am colour blind I expect people to try and see what is there but maybe not visible to them. The thing about being colour blind is that the mind can force oneself to see the missing things if you think they should or could be there. I have a childhood friend that adamantly believes that we should not intervene – like invading Iraq – we are obliged to do nothing and wait for evolution to choose a path for everyone. Maybe Obama also believed in doing nothing and the result was half a million people killed more wounded and displaced causing hardship and misery for millions more. Never mind the other millions migrating to Europe from Africa to find a better and safer life for them and their children. The reason I mention this is because with all this abject misery surrounding us I would think that such a well-funded and run organization would not be focusing on just one problem amongst all others. I have always been able to analyse what I see and read and imagine the many directions things could take and how effective they could be. In my humble opinion I cannot see why BDS could succeed as it has already “solved” this complex problem without understanding too much about it. My father would not have won many “father” awards but he was smart and instilled in me to never judge anyone until I have walked in their shoes. As an example, the last time I visited the Western wall myself and everyone else including tourists passed through metal detectors – like we do at airports today – thank goodness. After arms were taken onto the Temple Mount and used to kill two policeman. The head of the police promised their families who happened to be Druse that they would take steps so it would not happen again. Maybe even to foreign visitors on this holy site. The police themselves decided to install metal detectors at the entrances and this is what caused the current serious problem. People prayed in the streets instead as they would not pass through the machines and dispersed after prayers with very little problems but in some parts of town young people rioted and people were injured and killed.
        Please forgive the over long post but there is so much to say.
        May you all have a very good week, Mike


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