Backyard Orchard News
The Kearney community marked the retirement of its long-time computer programmer John Rassmussen today. John came to Kearney shortly after graduating from college to manage a brand new integrated pest management outreach system located at the field station. In 1981, IPM was delving into computer communications by offering a weather database, news features and pest management guidelines that could be read on terminals at UC Cooperative Extension county offices.
The computer at Kearney - with its 96 megabyte hard drive and one-quarter megabyte internal memory - cost $125,000, John said. It was connected to terminals in Bakersfield, Visalia, Shafter and Fresno via dedicated phone lines.
Over the years, as technology advanced, John became the self-taught network administrator and computer support professional for the scientists and staff at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. An avid outdoorsman, John plans to spend more time hiking, caving, mountaineering and endurance running during retirement.
John and his wife Marcia lead the buffet line.
Kearney artist Gwen Conville created a "mountain" cake for the retirement gathering.
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Honey bee with a load of propolis which her sisters later unloaded. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
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UC Davis beekeeper Elizabeth Frost tending hives. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
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Young peelminer larvae mining pummelo
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Yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii) nectaring a coneflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)