Gary Gocek
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Gary Gocek was born June 27, 1958 near Syracuse, NY. He attended Liverpool, NY Central Schools (1963-1976). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1981 from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he lived on the acclaimed Computer Science House between 1977 and 1980. Gary is a professional software engineer, most recently focusing on the development of data driven, form-based and web-based applications for Microsoft Windows platforms. Gary offers custom software and apps. Gary is a longtime member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He has written book reviews for IEEE Computer and SIGCAS. Read Gary's article, Programming: Art, Engineering, Science?

Gary was elected to the Liverpool Schools Fine Arts Hall of Fame in 2009. He received a scholarship in 2009 from the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester in recognition of his work on the PHSR web site. He received a volunteer award from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra 1996. Gary was active with the Boy Scouts.

Gary maintains his extensive family web site and contributes to various Wikis and Internet discussions. Visit the Christian symbols page. podcasts page. Dad's WWII history pages, blogs, webcam, Captain Kangaroo, Caroline Schlitt, movie and travel reviews, ticket scam resource center. See "Love the Alcohol Business, Hate the Drinker" and "Lake Ontario Levels and Asian Beetles".

Gary attends St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Fairport, NY.. Gary is active with parish and diocesan activities and graduated in 2018 from the College for Congregational Development. Gary is interested in Bible exegesis and has written articles from his amateur, lay perspective, and plans to participate in Education for Ministry beginning in 2023. For now, I have reviewed my thoughts with clergy and we have tried to weed out unjustifiable statements. Still, these articles are my work, with my God's help, and I am the only person who should be held accountable.

Gary is married to Sue and has two sons, Greg and Dan. Also, two cats, Maverick and Maeve.

Regarding my Myers-Briggs type of ISTJ, this preference was reported by "the MBTI Instrument" in 2017. I had previously taken the instrument around 1990 and my preference then was a cross between INTJ/INFJ. My intuitive "N" had changed strongly to a sensing "S". I attribute this to a change from my younger days when I was full of innovative ideas, but nowadays prefer standards and processes. A trainer in 2017 says we don’t intrinsically change, but over time our preferences may change, such as after 30+ years in jobs that emphasize standards and processes. ISTJs comprise about 11% of the US population, but specialized groups such as lay and clergy leaders in my mainline Protestant diocese may have different demographics, and my type is less common there.

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Gary Gocek podcast The Gary Gocek podcast - readings and musical performances of published and original works.

The 25 Recorded Music Milestones.'s Podroll - Part 1, The Music and's Podroll - Part 2, The Talk.
soundClick for a playlist of Gary's acoustic music recordings.

Gary at the Turtle Hill Folk Festival, 10 Sep 2005
Gary Gocek and Joan Jett

Gary is a folk music singer-songwriter, belongs to the Golden Link Folksinging Society. Gary and Sue like Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. Gary has attended (6/99, 2/02, 2/03, 2/06, 2/11) SummerSongs. Gary has marched, instructed and volunteered with pageantry organizations. See my marching primer. Here are the lrics to Jabka, a polka. Here is Joan Jett's site.

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Godwin's Law. Jokes. Magnetic Poetry® seen on our fridge: * pull up my little wedgey roughly * Dan is a gridiron champion * here be Gocek country * flood the symphony of mud mountain * burn not the ugly blister * dad is a tremendously fat huge pig eating dinosaur * stride through chocolate gardens, they shadow death as do my tremendous muscles
The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. - Albert Camus, French-Algerian philosopher-author, c. 1942.
Art is not a thing; it is a way. - Elbert Hubbard, American author, c. 1900.
The obstacle is the path. - Zen proverb.
It doth confound our merriment. - "Beyond the Fringe" revue, from "So That's the Way You Like It", 1964 (Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller).
Fourth floor! Clocks, locks, socks, smocks, and langerayyyy (lingerie)! - Daffy Duck, "Looney Tunes" character.
The software isn't finished until the last user is dead.*

* I recall seeing this first in a magazine article shortly after graduating from college and in my first real programming job, in the early 1980s. It's possible the magazine was "Creative Computing", but I don't think so. The article listed several computer-related one-liners. I saved the paper article for a while, but apparently discarded it. I recall the article quoted NASA sources and I also recall the article named the source for this quote with only a last name, but I don't recall the name or if he or she was a NASA employee. "Sidney Markowitz" claims in a 2009 blog post to be the originator. My vague recollection is that "Markowitz" was not the name given in the magazine article, but I can't say for sure. Markowitz refers to a Wired magazine interview in which "Richard Soley" attributes the quote to "a friend". According to Markowitz, Markowitz worked for a company that partnered with a company founded by Soley, but it's not clear Soley and Markowitz ever met. "Soley's friend" sounds something like what I remember from that magazine of the '80s, but I don't think the magazine was "Wired", which didn't publish until 1993. Soley's company worked with Intel 286 and 386 PCs, developed in the early 1980s, so the timing is right. I am always wary of self-proclaimed brilliance on the Internet, and even Markowitz admits the quote evolved with colleagues from a debugging reference into a general software reference. Still, it appears Sidney was in the right place at the right time.

St. Luke's Youth Group at the World Trade Center in NYC, 12/9/00
The gang from the SummerSongs songwriting camp, 7/2/99
Gary's prom date
Gary's RIT dorm room, 1979 (now the Computer Science House ARG room)
Wintersongs, 2/20/2006