The Tech

They came to us in the early fifties and remained until they became full-grown adults. This paper is about the older brother. He and his younger sibling were and are as different as apples and ground beef. 

The one I write about was and remains essentially who he was, a technical problem solver of the first order. His abilities with electricity and related things like phones, etc., were beyond compare. Example: At Camp Shasta, we depended on our electric generator for five years before PG&E brought power to us (a story in itself), and this teenager managed our limited electric supply. He made sure we had it where we needed it and safely too.

Each Saturday evening, a group would be responsible for creating a party and events. A celebration of the weekend. Some were elaborate and remarkably creative and usually needed lighting and music. This teenager made it happen through his use and distribution of electricity. In the process, he often created temporary chaos. We may not have known what he was doing, but he did!

As an adult, he worked in the power industry in an executive position and, as you might guess, as a problem solver. Another unique and valued characteristic of his, although troublesome at times, was that he never gave up his voice. He had opinions and expressed them fully. He was and is his own self, sometimes challenging, to be sure, but always valued. People like him must have room to be themselves. Talent and creativity are gifts to be handled delicately.  

I am me not you—I must be me at all costs—I honor you, too

I can make it work—Do not ask me how but ask—Let there be the light   


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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