Takamo: jack of a whole lotta trades… and more.

Happy Takamo...

I am definitely seeing a trend developing with the diverse crowd of contributors being interviewed here… Yes, they are diverse, but they all seem to classify as “jacks of all trades” and helpful souls. This week’s star, Takamo, is no exception – and perhaps one of the most impressive at time-juggling I’ve seen yet.

Takamo spends his wiki-time on serving as a Community Outreach Talent Scout, Vandal Patrol Site Guardian and Category Supervisor. He has also graduated the Mentoring program and reached Silver Contributor status. So when has he had time to be a pastry chef, Army specialist, father and grandfather? Not to mention his hobbies of hunting, fishing, camping, and inventing?

Well, somehow he figures it out. And boy, can we be glad for that!

How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?

I was doing some research for a client regarding a hardware issue. During my, ahem, Google search, WikiAnswers kept popping up as the first one or two answers during several searches. I made a mental note to go back and check them out. Upon completing my research, I went back to WikiAnswers and saw that there were others that needed the same answers I discovered, and I started answering the questions. I spent 9 hours my first time on WikiAnswers… and it took!

Explain your username.

I served in the US Army off and on, for 16 years. I was in the first Gulf War and Afghanistan, and served for a short time preparing for the second incursion into Iraq. It was during the first Gulf war that I served as a Forward Observer.

I was on a short-range patrol with my REO (radio equipment operator) approximately 8 miles in front of a US armor company when we discovered a platoon of Iraqi tanks converging on a probable ambush site. They were close to a small group of hills and a gully, so they didn’t show up on normal radar. A Navy TACAMO aircraft was on station maintaining surveillance of the area, and didn’t detect the Iraqis on radar. I called in for CAS and two A-10 Warthogs made short work of the armor, and a few well placed artillery barrages cleared the ingress.

Later, upon my return to out forward base, members of the column that I protected, hugged me, thanked me, and changed my call-sign to “Takamo”. (a play on the TACAMO aircraft) My CO thought it was appropriate and from then forward, until I was injured and returned home, they called me Takamo.

What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?

I own a PCB re-manufacturing company, currently based in Texas. We are re-locating to New Hampshire by January 2009. We completed all contracts we had in September, and suspended operations until after the move. While waiting for the building construction to be completed, I developed a pinched nerve in my neck that required surgery to correct, and I have been “home-ridden” for the next 6-8 weeks. With nothing better to do, I spend a lot of time on WikiAnswers… And all my employees are contributors (names withheld!).

What are your areas of expertise?

Too may to list! I am a card holding certified chef, I am an ASE certified mechanic, and currently I am a Hardware Failure Analyst/small business owner… to name a few. My parents were hard on the idea of education… education… education! (check out my bio!)

What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?

I don’t have any favorites. All the tools available are excellent. There are a few things I would change, too.

What is the funniest question/funniest experience on WikiAnswers?

There are quite a few of these! The one that comes to mind is one I answered, “How many miles tall is 4 foot 11?”

Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.

1. I, along with two of my employees, had a hand in the development/repair of the modem drivers package in Windows 2000  after it was released, and the patch to repair them in the original release of 2000, were added to SP1.

2. I had lunch with then-Vice President Bush after winning Soldier of the Year 1981 (Regan/Bush).

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

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