I was a sugar engineer in Naalehu and Pearl was a nurse in Pahala when we first met in 1962. However, as the Puu Oo eruption only began in 1983, we had no air pollution problems in the 60's. The scary thing is that if she got pregnant, we might still have been living in Kau. That is Hutchinson Sugar Company manager, Bill Baldwin, who introduced us and bade us goodbye. We a decade later shared the same office when we both worked for U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga in DC.
My life as a university professor began with the Hawaii Geothermal Project, for which I was the reservoir engineer. Our 3 MW powerplant was also on that same East Rift a short distance from the commercial geothermal facility. If we had not succeeded in discovering the hottest geothermal well in the world, PGV would not have existed. I thus have a particularly paternal involvement with what is happening there. All the above links to the rest of this posting, for I'm today giving a rather unusual presentation at 15 Craigside. I'll be giving a talk about myself, I think. This is all rather embarrassing, for I'm sort of providing my own eulogy.
Leading to ending my daily blog after ten years, in March, I began a series by selecting one posting for each year of this site, beginning with #10, entitled MY LIFE. That pretty much gave my background, beginning, actually, with my father's father, Kenjiro Takahashi. I'm Kenji, so was named after him. To the left with my niece, Nalani, at his gravestone on Kauai.
But the above still does not quite represent me. Who, really, am I? How did I become what I am today?
58% to 86% of your intelligence from your parents. However, your IQ and effect of your environment varies with age. It is estimated that genetics are responsible for less than half of your IQ in childhood (meaning your upbringing, etc., can have a greater influence), but this percentage rises above 80% when you get old. Thus, the older you are, the closer you get to your inherited traits. However, your IQ drops because of cognitive decline. But you need to appreciate that there is a difference between IQ and intelligence, and this all gets rather complicated, so let me stop here.
I was totally out of my element in college: financially, intellectually, sociologically and physically. But since then, none of them did anything like travel around the world a dozen times, and work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, U.S. Senate and the NASA Ames Research Center. I'm now in my 46th year at the University of Hawaii and still have an office on campus, even though I've been retired for nearly 20 years.