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My name is Gianfranco. I was born in Val D'Or in northern Quebec, Canada. My parents who were of Italian origin emigrated to Canada in 1951. At that time, my father like so many other European refugees found employment away from large urban areas. In Val D'Or he worked in one of the gold mines as an elevator shaft operator during the night shift. My parents were born in Pula which is in Croatia, near Trieste. The Italian Pula before WWII was in the province of Istria. In Canada, we were a happy family. As kids, my sister, little brother and I played in our backyard or in the nearby park: winters in the snow and summers enjoying the sun. I was a lively little boy, always running all over the place and getting lost in the woods several times. As employment in that region was scarce, we later moved to Montreal where my dad found new work, found us a new home, a new school, etc. My parents worked hard, my mother raising three kids and taking care of our home and my dad sometimes working two jobs at a time. At least we were good kids, well behaved and even went to Sunday Mass. My dad loved to entertain. He would sing to us while playing either the guitar, the accordion, the keyboard or the violin. He also found time to teach me to play chess and checkers. As a teenager, I played baseball, touch football and rode my bike with friends. I also played badminton with my sister. In winter, it was ice skating. Electronics began in high school and it was great. I became the TV and radio repairman of family and friends. Took Tai Chi lessons while in college and really mastered that graceful art. My younger brother who turned out to be an awesome mechanic, showed me a few tricks and I got to ride with him on his Harley-Davidson. I love music and this was the disco era. My brother and I went to electronic stores and I bought my first cassette recorder and mixer. I got involved as an amateur disc jockey and I loved to go dancing with my friends. My first computer was the Commodore 64 and it was the best one around. The time came when I applied for a government grant and it was accepted. Later, I walked away from CDI with a Computer Programmer Analyst Certificate.

Special Interests
Travel and Technology.

Headset, Music, Watching shows and movies, Walking  

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