Rich is an IT Systems Administrator at Mersive and focuses on security administration, education, and our virtual infrastructure. Learn more about Rich below.
What is your role at Mersive and what do you do?
I make things go.
Before working at Mersive, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
If I could pick, while in college I worked as an Asst. Astronomer. We were a small college observatory, but we did have a large 12 inch telescope. We had a grant from NASA to watch for volcanic activity on the Moon. This involved three to four hours every other night of sitting and watching the moon (never saw anything). But after I finished my session for the night, the telescope was mine to prowl the skies with. I tracked down all kinds of cool stuff with it.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Mersive, whose job would you want?
I wouldn’t. I enjoy what I do.
What did you want to be when growing up?
A fighter pilot. That ended the day I crawled into one and realized you don’t get into a fighter, you put one on. It didn’t fit.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a writer of what I call autobiographical fiction. For years I told people my stories and they all said the same thing, “You should write a book.” I kept reminding them that Forrest Gump had already been written. Then one day I took a crack at it. Actually talking about it was often times, too painful. I created a fictional detective and ran him through the stories and a novel series was born. These are police and mysteries. Most of what I tell has some basis in reality. I’ve two novels out, “The Cross and the Badge” and “Against flesh and Blood.” The third, “Event Horizon”, will hopefully be out by Christmas. I’ve two non-fiction books in the works. One is titled “Tales from the NCO Club” and the other is “Bad Guys of the San Luis Valley.”
What places have you lived in?
In Colorado most of my life, but spent two years in Kansas, and three years in Germany. Love the beer in Germany.
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
That’s easy. The Internet. Don’t know something? All you have to do is ask the right question. That would be followed closely by microwaveable popcorn.
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
It’s your life, and never ever let anyone else try to live it for you. I got that advice from an old Jesuit Priest. It took another 15 years before I began to understand what he was saying.
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?
Money would be nice, but if I could have anything, I’d say Sunday Afternoons. You’ve gone to church, had a good meal, and then I get to spend the rest of it with my favorite person in the whole world, my wife.
What is your favorite food?
Cheeseburgers. As far as I’m concerned, the best hamburger came from a little hole in the wall in Romeo, Colorado that isn’t even there anymore. Two brothers owned the place, and the burgers came off a grill that was probably last cleaned in the depression.
What is one random fact you could share with us?
I shared a beer with a real, live princess. Check that story and many others at William R. Ablan, pen name of Richard L. Muniz – Police Adventures and Mysteries (wordpress.com). Sorry, shameless plug.
What advice do you have for prospective Mersive candidates?
Prepare to work hard, but also be prepared for a lot of fun.
What are your hopes for our industry?
That it keeps growing. The potential for what we’re doing here is remarkable to say the least.
Favorite perk at Mersive.
Popcorn and flavored waters.