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Who is J.R. Mooneyham, and what are his qualifications for speculating about the future of government, business, technology, and society?

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Who is J.R. Mooneyham?

He is a researcher and futurist, author of An illustrated speculative timeline of future technology and social change and The rise and fall of star faring civilizations in our own galaxy.

He is a science fiction writer, author of The Chance of a Realtime.

He is a web philanthropist, investing considerable time towards helping everyone he can to:

Mooneyham has long been known as something of a geek in some circles.

He may have misspent his youth a bit as an outlaw supercar driver and dabbling in experimental aircraft concepts.

Face of J.R. Mooneyham, a 1970s self-portrait

Lately he's been focusing his decades of experience in entrepreneurial self-employment towards building novel new e-commerce models which should allow writers and artists everywhere to more easily earn a living via the web.

Mooneyham has been a computer user since the late nineteen-seventies, working with a bit of everything from old fashioned punch card fed Burroughes mainframes and time sharing Digital VAX minicomputers through Apple II/Commodore/Atari and other pre-MS-DOS systems, up through today's Windows and Macintosh computers and set top boxes.

Mooneyham's original college education was more heavily weighted with engineering disciplines than computer science, with some emphasis on management, economics, history, and business.

Mooneyham has served as a corporate computer consultant and network administrator, and also played entrepreneur with self-employment experience ranging from that of collectibles dealer and electronic magazine publisher, to software developer.

Mooneyham also worked as a professional writer and artist for many years, writing and illustrating various technical manuals for a multitude of purposes, from self-employment kits for artists to in-house corporate user manuals for engineers, to internet configuration manuals for consumers (when the net was still young and geeky). A portion of Mooneyham's college time included instruction in the arts and related histories.

Like Future Shock's Alvin Toffler, Mooneyham too has worked at blue collar jobs in various factories, as well as construction at oil refineries/chemical plants in his younger days, spending considerable time in Texas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Florida, as well as his native Tennessee.

During the Cold War Mooneyham was a bonafide survivalist, undertaking much of the intellectual/physical pursuits and preparedness measures that implies. Too, Mooneyham's college experience included time as a campus security patrol dispatcher and some years in ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corp), a program supervised by US Armed Forces personnel, where military history, strategy, tactics, and instruction in contemporary command and control structures were provided, as well as other training regarding weaponry, physical conditioning, and field exercises. Mooneyham has provided technical consultation and administration for business involved in prototyping work for DARPA (a US military research and development institution), as well as performed in various competitive intelligence roles for certain US companies/executives, in industries including the automotive and computer fields. During late 2001 and early 2002 Mooneyham served as an informal consultant to certain US military planning operations. Mooneyham also has associates/contacts who have provided technical services to US military and intelligence agencies (including the CIA).

In regards to other technologies and organizations, Mooneyham has personal experience ranging from being a 'super car' designer/builder in his youth, to having helped with projects building robotic workstations for Ford Motor Company.

Mooneyham discovered a great personal interest in the economics and history of technology (both past and future) at an early age, and has pursued independent studies of same ever since, in addition to the formal learning listed before.

In the field of human nature and society, Mooneyham's experience includes being raised within a large family (six children) in a small town, and living and working there as well as other small towns across the USA, and larger metro areas as well. In his youngest years Mooneyham focused his social study efforts on mythology, religion, and politics, then expanded to the more general subject of philosophy, which eventually led him to economics by way of the fiery works of Ayn Rand. During college Mooneyham added learning about human psychology to his repertoire.

Note that Mooneyham is a US citizen, which was a lucky break for him (so far as futurism is concerned), as this arguably allowed him to live his life deep inside one of the most advanced republics and high tech markets in the world as of the late 20th century, as well as provided him with sufficient time and other resources with which to create and publish the timeline up through today. With perhaps a third or more of the world's population still mired in grinding poverty and a struggle simply to survive as of the dawn of the third millennium, it's not likely Mooneyham could have written the timeline if born anywhere other than a developed nation like the USA of the 20th century. Unfortunately his luck with regards to home country appears to be changing during the early 21st century. But hopefully America will find its way back out of this crisis, just as it did after the same political forces responsible for today's woes helped plunge it into the Great Depression and World War II of the early 20th century.

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