Personal Information

Full Name:  Herbert William Robinson

Residence:  Newton Mass

Education:  Cornell University, BSEE with Distinction, 1974

Marital Status:  Single, Never Married

Employment:  I am currently employed by Stratus Technologies.

Life Experiences

I grew up in a small farming town in Upstate New York (Pine Plains). 
My maternal grandparents owned a farm.  My mother's family has been in the country for a few hundred years.
My paternal grandparents emigrated from Ireland and England.

I have worked as a farm laborer.
And a mason's helper (at a job site with no electricity).
And as a soda jerk in my father's drug store.
I worked as a musician in college and belonged to Local 132 of the American Federation of Musicians.
And I also supported myself for a while as a dishwasher.

Obviously, things are better now, but I have been at the bottom of the ladder and I still remember.

I played football, wrestled and ran track when I was in High School.  I won the Dutchess County Scholastic League wrestling tournament twice in the 175 lb weight class.

I was employed by Transitron (Wakefield), Systems Engineering Labs (Ft Lauderdale), Incoterm (Wellesley) and Honeywell Information Systems after graduating from Cornell. 

I then joined the original technical staff of Stratus Computer when it was founded in 1980.  I was an employee there for about 10 years and watched it grow from 20 people to 2000.  After that, I divided my time 50/50 between software consulting and various musical endeavors.  I have recently re-joined Stratus, now called Stratus Technologies, as an employee.

I have performed in numerous musical events.  From acappella folk music with Festival of Light and Song to the Blues Rock band Grand Larceny   In partnership with Margo Granfors under the name Towering Pretzels, I have put out a music CD.

I built a mobile recording studio that still operates sporadically under the name Curbside Recording.

I am a member of the following organizations:

Newton Ward 5 Democratic Committee
American Motorcyclists Association (life member)
Association for Computing Machinery
Cornell Society of Engineers
Cornell Club of Boston
Audio Engineering Society
Society of Motion Picture Engineers

I donate to the following charities annually

Center for Defense Information, Government Accountability Project, Ploughshares Fund, WAND Education Fund, American Friends Service Committee, American Heart Association, Boston Public Library, Cornell Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Newton Firefighters Annual Ball Committee, Newton Free Library, Trustees of the Newton Police Memorial Association, Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, Salvation Army, South Africa Development Fund, N2N-MA Education Fund, Accion, ACT Roxbury, Finca, Grassroots Leadership, Katalysis Fund, Shared Interest, Haymarket, Center for Constitutional Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, Casa Myrna Vasquez, Legal Momentum (NOW LDEF), National Museum of Women in the Arts, Silent Spring Institute, Club Passim, Dynamic Forms, Sing Out, Underground Railway Theater, WERS, WGBH, WUMB.