From: "Al Jones" <aljonesrdobresnan.net>
I work in economic development, mostly directly assisting manufacturers in marketing, financing, facilities, workforce, etc., out in Montana, a state typically compared to West Virginia on most measures and with much of the same economic base including coal mining, power generation, marginal farming, government jobs, decaying small towns, beauty/history etc.. so the challenges of Grantville before and after RoF really resonate. Plus having a mother from Bavaria who's father was from Cologne makes the German history both Protestant and Catholic very interesting and embarrassingly fresh to me. Business and Art degrees, some MBA enough not to think much of it. Mostly small business experience as an owner or employee, no military. 'Nother gun nut/history buff/sci-fi fan/bookaholic/alt-history lover/middle-aged guy so it's nice to blend into the bar so well.