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Anita

I was born in Miami Beach, Florida, the daughter of a British-heritage commercial pilot father and a Norwegian-heritage registered nurse. My early playgrounds were South Beach or Dania Beach, deep sea fishing in the Gulf Stream and hunting in the Everglades where I learned to drive a WWII Army jeep at age nine. In the summer of 1968 at age eighteen, my two sisters and I learned to fly a Piper J3 Cub “tail dragger” and soloed in less than 8 hours of flight time from a grass airstrip. I traveled to Courchevel, France, with the University of Tennessee Ski Team in 1972 and spent glorious days skiing at the 1850m level and a wonderful month in England on the way home with my father’s WWII RAF friends and families. I have always intended to go back and ski in Zermatt, Switzerland. Graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, I returned home to South Florida where I worked in Information Technology as a Programmer Analyst/ Independent Software Consultant for Global & Fortune 500 corporations such as American Express Company, IBM, Siemens AG, HCA Inc. and AT&T.

In Florida, I continued my flight instruction receiving over-water multi-engine time in a Cessna 310 and have many hours performing extreme acrobatics though not as pilot in command in a Christen Eagle with a former EAL Captain. Having been a water sports aficionado for many years, I continue to enjoy extreme slalom skiing and kneeboard tricks. I have taught seasoned slalom skiers to “barefoot” from either a deep-water start or a kneeboard start as well as driven for professional skiers through their buoyed courses. In the late 70s, scuba diving on Breakers Reef off Palm Beach consumed my after work hours and weekends were devoted to leading float or wreck dives from a dive boat as the Dive Master. Weekends sometimes were spent at my parent’s Florida cattle ranch where I would often ride cutting horses with the cowboys in roundups and assist my veterinarian brother in the processes which take place in the cow-pens during the two-day dusk-to-dark operation.

Following in my father's footsteps, I enjoy a myriad of mechanical challenges not limited to my almost antique Mercedes Diesel. In 1999 I traveled as a member of the Hurricane Floyd Disaster Relief Roofing Team from Nashville which reconstructed nine roofs, mostly churches and rectories, in nine days on Abaco Island in the Bahamas. This year I devoted time to the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina at the Red Cross Shelter in Franklin, TN.

In the early 80s I married and had my only child, Shannon, who as a toddler began following in her mother’s footsteps roller skating, roller blading, and finally slalom skiing and knee boarding performing 360s. Shannon graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis in May 2004 with a BS in Chemistry “With Distinction” ranking 41st of the 1000 graduating Midshipmen. She received her first choice of Service Selection as a US NAVY Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diver and is presently on active duty in Hawaii.

Throughout the years, I have used my artistic talents in many endeavors. After 9-11, I began designing and hand-sculpting sterling or gold cross pendants and designing unique artisan gemstone and semi-precious gemstone/ silver necklaces, bracelets & earrings. I continue to devote my time to expand this business online and in boutiques.

Multimedia/ Titles: 1968 Dogwood Relays & Art Festival Princess University of Tennessee; Semi-finalist Miss UT contest 1971; Member of the 1968 UT Volunteer “Timettes” for the Championship Swim Team; Made mention on the front page of LA Times as the First Centerfold of a College Sports Magazine, the UT Basketball Yearbook; Mrs. EAA Oshkosh 1983, the Queen of the Experimental Aircraft Association Air Show in Oshkosh, WI; Top 10 Finalist of Mrs. Florida 1984 Pageant; Appeared in New York on ABC's LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY show in July 2001 in a “Dating Game” segment.

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