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Penname: F. Cheetham
("Cheetham," was the original surname of our family)
Born: October 13, 1973
Place: Wilmington NC
Birth town: Southport NC
Current Residence: Chicago IL
Alma Mater: Maple Heights OH
Marital Status: Single
Ethnicity: Irish, Scottish, English, Scandanavian, Welsh and French Canadian
Favorite Albums: Chapter One 4-Him, Heaven's Bright Sun Iona, Clannad and U2
Favorite Female Artists: Enya, Máire Brennan and Stevie Nicks.
Favorite Male Artists: Howard Jones, Paul Simon and Billy Joel.
Favorite Books: The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Dune (series), Michael Ende's Die unendliche Geschichte.
Favorite Movies: Braveheart, Clue, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Star Trek
Favorite Sitcom: NBC's Newsradio, Dead Like Me, Big Bang Theory
Favorite Actor: Harrison Ford
Favorite Actress: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Yvette Rachelle
"Life is a melody; just do your best to keep each day in tune."
"Be a smile millionaire as happiness is the richest reward in life."
Peace & Love, Yvette Rachelle
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My name is Eric, and I currently live in Chicago, near
Darien IL (Chicago Grid: 16W State St/10S Madison St) in DuPage County. I moved here nearly a year ago from 1350 Cross Creek Drive #179, Brunswick OH 44212. Although I’ve been a naturalized
citizen of Ohio since 1977, I believe I finally found home here in Chicago last year. I was born in Wilmington NC. I don’t remember living there though.
I was probably too young to remember it. My Dad was in the Service so we were frequently moving.
I’ve lived in various places since then, growing up most of my life in Ohio. I’ve lived in Chicago,
and Wisconsin for a period of time. I am a graduate of Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights OH,
class of 1992. For the duration of my High School years I was interested in Architecture and took
several classes that would prepare me for the career, like Mr. Raiff’s Mechanical Drawing classes and
Graphic Arts. However, as I graduated, I wasn’t sure that is what I wanted to do with my life.
I was all ready to go to Kent State for the career, but backed out. I didn’t want to do Architecture.
As a family, we did various things together. Many of our cherished times as a family involved camping with the Maple Heights Campers Club and for my brothers and I, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Also, my childhood street, Lewis Drive, was famous for its yearly block parties during the summer. At one of those block parties, I was exposed to D&D for the first time. And, there my imagination was conceived for sci/fi fantasy adventures, writing and the game itself.
I spent a good portion of my years after High School deciding on what I wanted to do for a career. My Dad, who had worked for IBM for years, was heavily into Electronics, HAM Radio, Heathkit and Computers. My younger brother also endeavored in the IT field as well. So, after re-evaluating my life, I decided to attend ITT Technical Institute to learn a career in Information Systems and Programming. I had been exposed to electronics, radios, and computers for most of my life. I really saw this as my decision to begin the field. On top of the imagination and affinity towards sci/fi fantasy literature, I was also excessively starting to write stories as well.
My Heathkit Alarm Clock from 13th Birthday.
In my youth, I was very selective with who my friends were. I was never popular in School nor
am I to this day. Being selective with my friends never made me stand out and my friends tended
to be “outcast” type of friends, kids who were always bullied or picked on. I had three cool
friends growing up: Rich Trigg, Chris Wood and Dave Trigg. We were generally “keep to yourself”
type of people and never part of the “in” crowd. This part of life has carried into the present
as I am still very selective with who I hang out with or a friend to. I believe my love life is the
same way; the woman I settle down with must be compatible on every layer. With the divorce rate
skyrocketing, I have made it my goal to make sure I find the right one FIRST before deciding on
marriage. She has not come into my life yet. I am good friends though with some women as well
Dave Trigg, Rich Trigg, Chris Wood and Eric Chatham – Maple Heights OH, 1991.
New Year’s Eve at my place 2010. Amy Waters, Crystal Bogdan and Jack.
Playing Lord of the Rings Monopoly at my place: Adam Jones, Linda Huvalchik and John Waters
In between the time I decided to go to ITT Tech and to present day, I was employed at
Ponderosa Steakhouse in Brunswick OH. For 7 years, I was with them. I began there as a simple
Dishwasher and moved up the ranks beyond IST and RTC to Shift Coordinator. Befriending many of the
managers and company associates, it really felt like home for me. Ponderosa was the longest job I've
held (14 Feb 1994 - 26 May 2002), so in a way, it's like I'm still apart of Ponderosa wherever I go.
The Chronicles of Tristan: A Revelation is dedicated to the "hardworking crew of #629 Ponderosa, Brunswick, Ohio."
Although, most unfortunate and most recently, the Ponderosa building in Brunswick has been condemned.
What remains of the ruins are the tiled floors and the markings where the walls used to stand.
Brunswick Ponderosa, as it stood in 1996.
I graduated ITT Tech in June 2006. That year, I was holding three jobs and finishing school. I was placed as a Help
Desk Technician at LifeBanc by ITT Tech in January, working at Tony Roma’s (since May 2005) and that
same year in July I joined Broadvox, where I currently work as a Systems Administrator today. That
year was like a convergence of my life for me where I moved away from Restaurant type work and into my
Innerbelt Bridge to Downtown Cleveland, I-90 Eastbound
Broadvox has taken up much of life since 2008 where my responsibilities as System Administrator climaxed. From managing physical systems
(Windows and Linux environmants), virtual systems through ESX/ESXi (VMWare environment), programming,
scripting and project management, my time has been devoted to Information Systems. In early 2011,
Broadvox merged with Cypress Communications of Atlanta GA. Life is busier now. Several things,
including my hobbies, friends and dating have been impacted by this. Lots of reading Tech manuals,
working on projects from home and even getting calls from the NOC on the weekend pretty much have
taken over. To put in another way: “Kernel Panic.”
Life is still good though!!! I still have good friends, a good family, read leisurely on occasion, write stories
when I have the time, and try to enjoy life as much as I can. You only have ONE to live. I am also
blessed to have a “family” away from home too while working at Broadvox. These are some of my ongoing projects with work.
C# - DSTool Active Directory Tool
Microsoft Exchange, Namespace sharing
For those who know me, I’m a Honda guy, so I recently just bought a 2010 Honda Fit, 5 speed manual transmission. It gets me about 34 mpg and with gas prices going up more and more, sometimes it’s still easier to carpool.
2010, Honda Fit
On September 13, 1992, I gave my heart to Jesus Christ at the Gospel House Church in Bedford OH, and on February 7, 1993 I testified to the
internal transformation through Baptism. Since then, it's been a trying but persevering time, and it
has been the first time Someone has done something special for me. Jesus died on the Cross for our sins. By association, we are guilty of First
Degree Murder when Jesus died, but He died to save us from the "Fiery Pit," where the fire is never
quenched. There have been times where I've doubted God, but He truly does listen to us! To this day,
my favorite holiday is Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Sometimes we must believe before we can see.
Nautilus, Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE
Through my Dad's side of the family, which would've been Cheetham before the 1900's, my great-grandfather lived in Nottingham, England near Sherwood Forest. Family anecdotes insist that my great-Grandfather actually played in Sherwood Forest as a boy. Other family anecdotes survive from the
time when Robert, the Bruce fought to free Scotland at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1304. One of the Scottish Clans which came down out of the Scottish Highlands was Clan Gillicattan, the "clan of the cat." This was one of the many Highland clans that hailed to Robert, the Bruce during his battle to free Scotland. Legend has it that
this is the origin of the names, Cheetham and Chatham. According to a family historian, our roots originate in Clan Gillicattan. The name was later anglicized and became Cheetham, possibly to conceal the family identity of being Scots. Another possibility is that when the Scottish Highlands were cleared out in the 1800's,
the family surname was anglicized to Cheetham.
"Baen nhu osha, nharcíl pharagnain ohsa lá fhaaluír gra an eggoínaid, taebí aluín loád oleagh, í cHeam mharg inghaid go pleficadh oshan. I treffae lím olgcash bhuíl an go nuiman ber oshann - go líam Iósamh da Bhíbeseàdh, Hríaddar í Failte."
Front Left, Around Back to Front Right:
Mary Chatham (cousin), Eric Chatham (me), Daniel Chatham (cousin)
Kim Kukoleck (uncle), Diana Chatham (aunt), Gregory Chatham (uncle), Linda Kukoleck (aunt), Mollie Chatham (mom).
My two brothers: Wayne and Kevin.
Left to Right: Daniel Chatham and Eric Chatham.
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