The author, Ray Groschen, was born in 1956 and grew up in Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. He grew up with four lovely sisters and one wonderful brother, which for the time was nothing unusual for a Catholic family. Ray grew up a happy child and had many friends.
In 5th grade, Ray Groschen became interested in the night sky when his teacher invited him to join The Nighttime Sky Club he was attempting to create. The very first thing he saw in a telescope was the planet Saturn and those beautiful ring system. This captivated him beyond words. The author has been looking at the stars ever since and maybe, he thought, he could witness a UFO or two.
In 1974 at the young age of 17, Ray decided to join the Air Force. He is a Vietnam era veteran and was permanently stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ. His job title was Fuels Specialist. It is the job of a Fuels Specialists to manage every aspect of the refueling of every aircraft on the flight line. Ray Groschen was responsible for refueling Air Force One, the president's jet. He also would refuel the typical jet fighter, the A-7 attack jet but was responsible for what is now called black projects. These were highly secret and classified Air Force jets like the U-2 Dragon Lady and the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet on the planet. He also refueled Huey helicopters which were heavily used in the Vietnam War. Ray Groschen left the U.S. Air Force with an Honorable discharge under Honorable Conditions.
He did various jobs until he interviewed for a retail managerial position the same year he married his 1st wife, Roxanne. They had two sons. His first son, Tony in 1978. His second son, Steve was born 6 years later in 1983. Tony has grown to be a wonderful man and a great son with two children of his own, Blake and Kenna. He absolutely adores his grandchildren. Steven has grown to be a loving and understanding man of all peoples and is a man anyone could look up too. He is so very proud of Tony and Steven.
He decided it would be more profitable for him to become a salesperson rather than being a manager of a retail store. He accepted a position at Sedgwick Heating and Air Conditioning and sold to General Contractors that were building new homes and heating and air conditioning to the public. He also was a salesman working for other HVAC company’s in Minneapolis doing this job for 13 years until major surgery, triple heart bypass, ended this career.
Ray Groschen is also an inventor. He invented the Hold Right Dishwasher Screen and held a provisional patent (patent pending). As part of the marketing, he created a presence on the Internet. The Hold Right dishwasher screen was developed in response to a problem that every one of us has. When we open our dishwashers after it has cleaned the dishes, all the plastic bowls and plastic dishes have flipped over in the dishwasher and filled up with water and little food particles. The product sold well but not well enough to go any further, so he stopped selling it and moved on to other projects.
Near the end of this job, he created SubContractorsCreditReportingService 1993 which was an internet site devoted to finding negative information about the contractors he and others had to work with. Arguably the first and only company in the world to offer information on contractors on the internet at that time. He decided to change that cumbersome name and created the internet site ContractorFacts. This site was an online service that allowed subcontractors and consumers to search millions of records from multiple data sources regarding individual contractors and companies, delivering an instant snapshot of financial liabilities that help them make wise hiring and business decisions.
In a press release in 2005 at PRWeb.com; (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/01/prweb199711.htm) the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona member, He was nominated for the prestigious “Innovator of the Year Award" for his role in developing ContractorFacts.com.
Knowing a great business model when he saw one, he looked for a way he could stop working for contractors and found a school in Tempe, AZ, that would re-train him, the University of Advancing Computer Technologies. At age 40 he decided it was time to go to college so he could improve his presence on the Internet. In 1996 he moved himself and his family to Phoenix, Arizona, and signed up for school. He graduated from the University of Computer Technologies being on the dean's list every semester. He earned his Associate of Arts degree in Multimedia.
While in school and after graduation, he kept offering subscriptions to ContractorFacts.com. He was sought after by elite companies such as Nabisco and Motorola to work as their Webmaster. As a Webmaster, he created many different types of websites and controlled all aspects of a company’s worldwide online content. He was a Webmaster for the last 12 years of his working career. From 1996 until 2008, when he became disabled. Ray created over 700 websites.
He is now married to his last wife and best friend, Sharon. They are two peas in the same pod. They like all the same things and act the same way, crazy at times. They are a fun and wonderful couple. They're both disabled and do not work anymore. Ray has Degenerative Disc Disease which means his spinal discs herniate for no apparent reason, and surgery was not an option. This also makes sleeping hard for him and he wakes up from pain many nights. This is when he sees a lot of the UFOs that are in this book. They both live in Phoenix, Arizona, in a beautiful 3-bedroom home near the Tempe border and are enjoying life to the fullest.