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A1C Paul Alan Fine, USAF, B.A.

Birthplace: Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Fine and Flora Lee Fine
Husband of Private User
Brother of Joan Suzanne "Joannie" Fine and (male infant) Fine

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About A1C Paul Alan Fine, USAF, B.A.

  • See the "Sources" tabs of this profile and Karen Reuter's profile for photographs of Paul, Karen, and members of their respective families. To view a photograph click "Add Sources". At the next screen, click on the desired image. At the next screen, click on the thumbnail image.
  • In 1973 and 1974, Paul served in the United States Air Force (with the rank of A1C) and learned Czech and Slovak at the Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, California.
  • Paul retired in November 2016 from Air Liquide, a French-owned global gases & chemicals corporation. He was the technical writer for the corporation's Advanced Equipment Systems Division in Chanhassen, Minnesota. This engineering & manufacturing division designs and builds state-of-the-art (and often one-of-a-kind) chemical blending and chemical or gas distribution systems for the world's largest semiconductor wafer-fabrication facilities. Paul wrote the operations & maintenance manuals for those systems.
  • Prior to working for 5+ years at Air Liquide, Paul was an independent contractor, with technical writing assignments at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; Wells Fargo; Verifications, Inc.; and Thermo King.
  • Over the decades [1980s to 2010s] Paul also worked as a full-time technical writer at Ciprico, Inc. in St. Louis Park, MN; at Dot Hill Systems Corporation in Plymouth, MN; at Honeywell, Inc. and Alliant Techsystems in Hopkins and Minnetonka, MN (in the Defense Systems Division, which became the Precision Weapons Division after Honeywell spun-off the division & it became Alliant Techsystems), and at FSI International and BOC Edwards in Chaska and Chanhassen, MN (for the same Chemical Management Division, which was sold by FSI to BOC).
  • During his time as a logistics analyst for a Department of Defense contractor in Maryland, Paul worked on a SIGINT program.
  • During his years at Honeywell and Alliant Techsystems, Paul worked as logistics analyst on numerous tank and artillery projectile development programs, and a mine-detection & detonation development program. These programs included VEMASID; the SADARM 155mm howitzer projectile; the STAFF 120mm tank projectile; and a 120mm mortar round for use aboard M113 armored personnel carriers. These programs required Paul to attend live-fire exercises or maintainability demonstrations at the United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Picatinny Arsenal, and the United States Army Armor School at Fort Knox.
  • Paul's five published genealogy & family history books include:
    • The House That Kirscht Built: The Ancestors and Descendants of Mathias Kirscht and Angela Achen (two volumes). This book won 1st Place in the 1996 Anna Ford Family History Book Contest, sponsored by the Heart of America Genealogical Society in Kansas City, Missouri.
    • Our Family In America: The Fine and Kudlick Families, 1886-1999. This book received an Honorable Mention Certificate in the 2000 Anna Ford Family History Book Contest.
    • An Amazing Heritage: The Ancestors of the Harens and Telthoester Families (two volumes).
    • Their Roots Run Far and Deep: The Ascendants and Descendants of François Carrier and Marie Adélaïde Demers (four volumes).
    • A River of Many Streams: The Ascendants of Harry Anacker and Kathryn Allen.
  • Paul has written, but not-yet published, two Civil War history books: Words in Time of War: Civil War soldiers' letters, and the people and events of their era and A Man of Two Rivers: The Life and Descendants of John Lawrence Sparks of Delaware and Minnesota.
  • Since we were married in June 1973, Karen and I have resided in:
    • Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California.
    • Shorewood, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
    • Acton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
    • Columbia, Howard County, Maryland.
    • New Hope, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
    • Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
    • Minnetonka, Hennepin County, Minnesota.
  • Traveling with Karen. Our travels have included:
    • * About a dozen self-driving trips throughout western, central, and eastern Europe between 1984 and 2003, including France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and Norway.
      • A 19-day escorted bus tour of India (January-February 2007), which included visiting New Delhi, Agra (the Taj Mahal), Ranthambore National Park, Fatehpur Sikri, Humayun's Tomb, Jaipur (the Red Fort), Guruvayur Elephant Camp, a backwaters cruise at Alleppey, having dinner at the home of a retired Indian Army major general, and the city of Cochi in Kerala State.
      • A one-week bus tour of Greece, followed by a week's cruise of the Greek Isles and Turkish coast in 1992.
      • A 15-day escorted bus tour of Morocco in 1998.
      • A cruise along the coasts of Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile (February 2008), including four days in Buenos Aires and three days in Valparaiso and Santiago, Chile.
      • Cruises to Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe, Domenica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Tobago, Curacao, and Aruba (December 2009); Florida, Cozumel, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Grand Cayman (January 2011); and Alaska (July 2011).
      • Trips to New York City (October 2011, September 2012, and December 2012).
      • A cruise to Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Grand Turk, St-Barts, Antigua, and the eastern Caribbean (February 2012).
      • A Baltic Sea cruise to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Germany, and Denmark (September 2012).
      • A multi-day stopover in Tampa and a cruise to Key West, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico (January 2013).
      • We took several excellent self-driving trips to Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.
      • In the early 2000s we made self-driving trips to North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.
      • In 2004, 2005, and 2006 we took wonderful, multi-week self-driving trips in Guadalajara, Queretaro, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Leon, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and Campeche states in Mexico.
      • We traveled extensively throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine when we lived in New England in 1976-1977, and in California when we lived there in 1973-1974 and when we revisited the state in 2000.
      • After I retired in 2016 we traveled in the USA, primarily to historic districts, stately homes, Civil War battlefields, or museums in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, with multi-month wintertime stays in warm, sunny Florida.
  • This might be considered a form of insanity, but I drove up & down many vertiginous and extraordinary alpine roads in Europe and North America---and lived to write about it. With Karen navigating and me at the driver's wheel, we took drives through:
    • The Three Passes Road in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy.
    • The Col d'Aspin, Col de Peyresourde, and Col de Tourmalet (the latter during a snow storm) in the French Pyrenees.
    • The Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse in Austria.
    • The Col de Montgenèvre, Col d'Iseran, and Col du Mont Cenis in France.
    • The Great Saint Bernard Pass between Switzerland and Italy, and the Little Saint Bernard Pass between France and Italy.
    • The Julier Pass, Susten Pass, and Grimsel Pass roads in Switzerland.
    • The Julian Alps of Slovenia.
    • The German Alpine Road through the Bavarian Alps.
    • The Geirangerfjord Road in Norway.
    • The Icefields Highway between Banff and Jasper in Alberta, Canada.
    • The roads through Rocky Mountain National Park and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado.
  • I enjoy quiet chats with Karen or with my long-time friends.
  • I relish long walks in our hilly suburban neighborhood.
  • Like my grandfather Barnett Fine and grandfather Ruben Kudlick, I have a sardonic and puckish sense of humor. Karen and my friends call me a smart-ass, an imp, or a clown. My personal habits are strict: I do not drink alcoholic beverages, smoke or chew tobacco, or use illegal substances. I do not gamble, either. My primary "sin" consists of drinking two cups of black coffee a day. I exercise every day with weights, do push-ups, and, depending on the weather, take daily outdoor walks. I am 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weigh 155 lbs.
  • My musical interests are overwhelmingly 18th- and 19th-century in nature: opera, operetta, chamber music, Spanish zarzuelas, and German marches.
  • I love cats and horses (sometimes dogs...).
  • I love the evocative, uplifting, emotionally fulfilling, and often humorous novels of Charles Dickens (David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Nicholas Nickleby, and "The Pickwick Papers"). The novels of Thomas Hardy (Tess of the d'Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Jude the Obscure) are darker and haunting, but marvelous in their depiction of rural life in southwest England in the late 19th-century.
  • My favorite movies are: Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, The Man Who Would Be King, The Last of the Mohicans, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
  • I enjoy improving my marksmanship skills at a gun range.
  • My favorite places are: Lake Bled, Slovenia; the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia; Paris, France; Canyon de Chelly, Arizona; the Monterey Peninsula, California; Seville, Spain; Florence, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Patzcuaro, Mexico; the Auvergne, Langueduc, and Savoy regions of France; the Dolomite Alps, Italy; Lucerne, Switzerland; Fez, Morocco; Delphi, Greece.
  • Things or types of people at whom I look askance:
    • Fanatically religious ghouls (ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.).
    • Non-scientific ignoramuses (creationists, anti-evolutionists).
    • Chronic gamblers, drug addicts, and alcoholics (how sad to have these diseases).
  • Paul and Karen do not have children.