Bio for Jack Mothershed, AKA CanDo Jack, Everyman Jack, Jack Luna Moth who constitute the one multifaceted, multicharacter, CanDo.
Jack is a retired computer systems professional, poet, writer. He engineered software systems for the US Defense Satellite industry; for government educational and management systems; for 25 world airlines. He is a corporate educator and corporate training system developer. His career and avocational expeditions have spanned the globe. He speaks four languages. He writes poetry and music and does business in all four in all four.
Jack began adult life as a homeless nomadic high school drop out.
He got a GED. In his evaluation in Navy boot camp the Navy offered to send Jack to the university of his choice in exchange for an additional two years as a Naval officer. Jack said he was not ready for school. So on leaving boot camp Jack got his orders. GO TO SCHOOL. In his first year in the Navy he was educated at US Navy’s Bainbridge Training Center in the critical rating of Communications Specialist learning: electricity, electronics, transmitters, receivers, morse code, electronic communications and so on. Jack said his Navy training was equal to a college education.
In his last two years of four for the Navy he did his Navy job and completed two years of college. He penultimately completed eight years of undergraduate study because he wanted to major in everything. Ultimately he had to choose between BRAINS. Psychology or Computer Science. He chose the latter.
As a hybrid software engineer / corporate educator Jack singlehandedly created the world’s greatest corporate education system. When he says this he is not bragging. He is just being honest. Then he programmed it implemented it, maintained it and managed it for the world’s biggest travel reservation system, Amadeus Global Travel in Bavaria. The system served the very high tech Amadeus multinational corporation and its consortium airlines.
Independently, Jack wrote a book: Driven to Perfection, From Road Rage to Road Sage. The book became a driver school tool. That became a self improvement course when Jack employed the driver exercises as metaphors for self improvement elements. Jack concluded that if he could create the greatest corporate education system then he could create the greatest self improvement system.
Jack began 2010 building a corporation for a Green Burial operation. He studied then current approaches to business models as well as state and local laws and regulations. He developed operational software for the entire operation as well as financial operations plus a couple green burial websites to interface with the public world. Typically, Jack included innovations that would make the company more profitable, benefitted plot owners and demonstrated the attraction of novel, outside the box innovation
Also in 2010, jack wrote what he calls the most important nonfiction book of the opening decade of the 21st century. The title is PSYCHO PATHS and CON TRAILS. The book describes life as two groups of people:
- a class populated with psychopaths whose mission is to profit from the other class
- a class populated by average humans trying to live life with a – normally unexcamined list of conditioned paradigms on their backs. Freedom, the book declares, is attained by shifting detrimentally functioning paradigms into functionally improved ones.
Jack says the book PP&CT is more applicable today than it was in 2010.
In 2012 Jack published NINE ELEVENS, a novel that covers more than a thousand years of adventures of his Maya heroes whose mission was to go into all the world and spread the gospel of reason. This book began with Jack’s discovery that a trail through history of a particular date outlined a series of incredible/astounding events. Yup, that date just happened to be 9-11.The fictional date of the beginning of the novel, NINE ELEVENS, is 09/11/0911.
Jack’s current novel is entitled FEARLESSNESS FOUND. It the story of an inventor mother and her inventor daughter and their team discovering the secret to fearlessness. And a lot more.
Jack spent most of his professional career working with software for 25 of the world’s greatest airlines. Only one of those was in the US. For many years Jack had no home, no country. He said his home was the software center of just about any world airline. When Jack wasn’t “home” he was usually off on an expedition enjoying one of his avocations.
He is a skier, sailor, SCUBA diver, aircraft pilot, paraglider pilot, hiker/climber and skater. Notably he sailed his windsurfer the entire length of Mediterranean Spain. He built his first sailboat from a four dollar blueprint. He has flown his paraglider in nine countries. Jack started his bucket list long ago. Before, in fact, he understood what the term means. His last bucket list item is to climb Mont Blanc and from the peak fly his paraglider down to the village of Chamonix.
Jack planned a seven volume autobiography. To date he has finished the first volume. It is entitled MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY AS SEEN THROUGH THE POSSIBLE CAUSES OF MY BAD BACK. This exciting volume is hardly more than a hundred pages. A jam packed hundred pages of around the world adventures and short bits on how the adventures rounded out his philosophy.
When Jack wasn’t on a contract for the government or and airline he liked to exercise his penchant for entrepreneurial efforts. These usually coincided with a need to exercise one of his avocations. For example, he would stake out a territory where he like to fly small aircraft. The selected area would be one with expensive estates. He would fly these and photograph estates. Then through his local representatives he would market various visual representations, even, as it turned out cross stitch patterns.
Jack retired to the California central coast because he said “it had sufficient leg room.” He says he is the fittest 75 year old he knows but still improving mentally and physically because of his interest in health and nutrition. His current project is reversing aging and establishing his dream company, innerprize. Jack conceived, developed, and managed Winward Ways publishing. He developed, maintained, hosted several public service web sites after retiring including SLO County Arts Council, Nightwriters, and ourSLO.com website which promoted and published the poetry and poets of SLOCO. Jack wrote Poet’s Corner for New Times and Poet’s Chair for the Arts Council’s quarterly ART RAG.
Jack hosted and maintained websites for local artists and poets as well as producing and publishing the work of local artists and poets, notably Ray Clark Dickson’s COCOLOBA CD.
Jack has published a number of his own nonfiction, fiction, biographical, musical, and poetry works including LOVE LETTUCE, WINE SAIL, LOOSE CANON [C A N O N], THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMASES. His novel in progress is entitled FEARLESSNESS FOUND.
Jack has hosted two local poetry venues: SLO’ Deliverance in San Luis and Fluid Drive in Paso Robles.
Jack has and plays — more or less — 32 musical instruments. He is currently in love with the ukulele.
Speaking of ukulele, Jack has found in his developing relationship with the ukulele that his guitar method works as well or better with the ukulele as it does with the guitar. A slight name change made the acronym sound somewhat better.
PIADGU (pronounce it as Pee Ahhd Gu) PLAY IN A DAY GUITAR UKELELE. Really? Yes, really. See a discussion of PIADGU elsewhere on this site.
Jack says the ability to see clearly, deeply, simply allows innovation to harness imagination. When Jack developed his corporate training system, TRACY, he incorporated two ideas that had never been applied to corporate training systems. They were simple. They were powerful. TRACY became the showcase tool of the world’s largest travel data system. Additionally, TRACY did what very few training systems in the world have done. It made money in a high volume transaction system environment where down time causes were input to training scheduling and assessment.
Jack’s life in SLOCO has been exciting. Workwise, he finally moved out of his charity internet efforts as well as his for profit sites to make room for his writing. Jack managed and maintained sites for many poets, among them the twice world champion slam poet Buddy Wakefield and Bullhorn a site that carried the efforts of 150 high ranking poets in the slam arena. Bullhorn was conceived by Buddy and Mark Fabionar, Multicultural Coordinator at CalPoly. Later on, Buddy’s talent agency hired a programmer to build them a new web site. Just as he finished, he died of a heart attack. No one knew how to run the system. Buddy asked Jack to help them . Jack has been maintaining that site ever since, training their people in its use, resolving problems and building new features. In 2015 that talent agent began to phase itself out.
For the talent agency and others Jack has continually provided training and promotion packages. He normally uses CamStudio and Corel’s Video Studio Ultimate X8
Jack never cared for management chains … for himself. He has managed to manage himself into projects. His great joy is to see a project complete well. ‘Well’ involves, as well, the idea of WIN-WIN. Jack says, “if both sides don’t win what they wanted , it may as well be football. Greed games are juvenile.”
Education. Jack has eight years of undergraduate work. Though not directed through an approved academia path in his corporate educator function and other positions, Jack utilized his education provider companies in negotiations to keep copies of courses he bought from external providers and those he built in his own corporate laboratory to create and learn from a large volume of technical and management courses. The answer to the question, “Do you have a masters degree or PHD?” Jack responds, “I have much, much more.”
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