Greg and Mary
became friends in
high school (Wawasee High school,
Syracuse, IN). Both separately decided to attend
Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Greg and Mary began dating
during their freshman year, and both ended up moving to Cincinnati after
college to find employment. On November 4, 2000 (exactly 6 years from their
first date), the couple were wed at All Saints Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Both of us are big on Christmas. Mary likes the shopping and interior decorating, and Greg is big on outside Christmas displays. In 2001, Greg started experimenting with animated displays that are controlled by a computer. That year he built two parallel port controls that could control 8 circuits each. These were simple to build and control, but didn't provide much growth potential.
For 2002, Greg started in January trying to find a design that would allow him to control many more circuits without purchasing expensive Digital I/O Boards. In February, he found Hill Robertson's design for a 320 circuit device that could be controlled by a parallel port. He spent much of the year building our own version.