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Chronology

 

1937 Born in Elmira, New York
1952 Graduated from St. Mary's
1956 Graduated from Southside High School
1957 Joined The United States Air Force
1958 Taught himself to read
1959 Flashed out of Seoul
1959 Visited Japan
1959-61 Station at Minot Air Force Base
1961 Engaged to Barbara Kontos, Phoenix, Arizona
1964 Graduated from Corning Community College
1965 Worked in Tacoma, Washington; saw Kontos for the last time
1967 Married Jacqueline Bernard Viala
1968 Graduated from Mansfield State University
1968 Wrote "Ballad of JFK" in south of France
1970 Began teaching at Watkins Glen Middle School
1971 Received Masters Degree from Elmira College
1971 Daughter Cassandra born
1971-77 Trips to France, Africa, Ireland, Spain, England,
Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Amsterdam, Germany, and Austria
1976 Daughter Roxanne born
1978 Son Neil born
1978 Trip to St. Maartin
1978 Trip to St. Maartin and Puerto Rico
1980 Trip to St. Maartin
1980-84 Built his own home
1984 Started building sculpture garden
1985 Divorced
1990 Cassandra joins the Navy
1990 First Edition of JFK Ballad
1991 Second Edition of JFK Ballad
1993 Finished sculpture garden, three hundred pieces
1993 Third Edition of JFK Ballad
1994 Fourth Edition of JFK Ballad
1994 Roxanne joins the Navy, Cassie Honorably Discharged
1995 Fifth Edition of JFK Ballad
1995 Sixth Edition of JFK Ballad
1996 Trip to France
1996 Seventh Edition of JFK Ballad
1996 Trip to the Grand Canyon State
1996 Eighth Edition of JFK Ballad
1996 Trip to Florida
1997 Trip to Ireland
1997 Ninth Edition of JFK Ballad

1998 Tenth Edition of JFK Ballad

1998 Eleventh Edition of JFK Ballad

1998 Twelth Edition of JFK Ballad
1998 Neil joins the Navy, Roxanne Honorably Discharged

1999 Lutherie School with Kenny Hill-Healdsburg, CA

2000 First Grandson Born: Jacob Matthew Lyon

2001 Trip to Australia

2003 Second Grandson Born: Ryan Grant Timberlake

2004 Trip to Easter Island

2006 Third Grandson Born: Aaron Lyon Timberlake

2006 Grandaugther Born: Sophia Cougnenc Crider-Lyon

2006 Attend American School of Lutherie-Portland, OR

2007 Met Anna Tully

2008 Completed 500 sculptures

2009 Studied engraving with Happy Fleishman, Sebastopol, CA

2009 Visited Muir woods, Di Rosa, & Napa Valley with Cassie

2010 Visited St Lewis and Laumeier Sculpture Garden with Roxanne

2010 Visited Hearst Castle with Cassie. Started Glass Blowing School in Corning, NY

2011 Started Cane Making and Flat Glass Making

2011 Tiger Cruise on the USN carrier USS Carl Vinson, with son Neil, from HI to CA

2011 Built 600th sculpture

2011 Visited Las Vegas to see Cassie and watch Roxanne run the 11/11/11 Veteran's Day 11k race

2011 Continued advanced glass blowing courses at Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG)

2012 Took Murrine classes at CMOG

2013 Mother passes away

2014 Begins making glass pen holders with son, Neil, at CMOG