Walt was born September 29, 1941, in San Francisco, California. He joined the US Navy immediately after graduating in 1959 – traveled to the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan aboard the USS Lexington CVA 16. (Air Craft Carrier) Honorably discharged in 1962. Returned home to fiancé Lori Sullivan who was working at downtown SF Emporium in the information both. Married Lori Sullivan in 1962. Started working at Heineman & Stern and after 10 years the company changed ownership and name to Galileo Capri Salami. Had two children – a son, named John Joseph and a daughter, named Carolyn (Carey) Marie. Moved from Pacifica, CA, to Dublin, CA, in 1972. Held positions in plant management for 12 years, under the tutelage of Nick Francone, Master Sausage Maker, and then moved on to Sales. Galileo Capri was purchased by Gallo Salame, a division of Sara Lee, in 1989. Continued in Sales and won President’s Awards for Sales. In 1999, Gallo was merged with Hillshire Farm. Started new position in training — official MEAT HEAD for new combined companies. Sara Lee combined all nine meat companies and had need for accomplished Meat (Head) Trainer. Worked with Robert Torrence traveling the country until Sara Lee combined Bakery Division with Meat Division. Worked for several years as Bakery and Meat Trainer with Robert until Sara Lee decided to combine Meat and Bakery with Coffee. Had yet another new opportunity to learn and teach multiple categories! Reached golden age of 65 and retired after 50 years. After six weeks of retirement, received call from Jeff Acton offering position as Executive Director of the RTOA. How LUCKY can one person get?