My Autobiography

I was born in January of 1960 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  I was adopted at birth by Charles and Mary Galvin (I was named for my father and my youngest sister is named for my mother).  We lived in a suburban neighorhood in the town of Chamblee, which has now been surrounded by development.  My parents adopted three more children (all girls!) before my father’s job sent my family to the San Francisco Bay Area in June of 1967. 

I grew up in Marin County, just north of the City, where I was active in Boy Scouts (I became an Eagle Scout in 1976) and graduated from Marin Catholic High School in 1977.  I studied at the University of California at Berkeley for three years (1977-1980), where I planned to major in Computer Science, but wound up taking courses also in Classics, Dutch (I won a Princess Beatrix Scholarship from the Dutch government—now she’s a queen and so am I!), and Astronomy.  During this time I lived in the Rockridge district in Oakland.  I left the university in 1980 to take “a year off” and never went back, much to my parents’ disappointment. 

I went to work as a word processor for a temporary help service and wound up doing that for several years.  Eventually, I began working with lawyers, and I have now worked in the legal field almost exclusively for nearly 20 years. 

I came out as a gay man on 27 May 1982 (an event I celebrate as a kind of second birthday each year).  I moved to San Francisco in the mid-1980s, and shortly thereafter had a domestic partnership for a year and a half with a man I met over the net (my one, great, failed romance!).  I have remained a bachelor ever since.  My dad, my three younger sisters and their families (I have 5 nieces and 2 nephews at this writing) live in Sonoma County.  My mother passed away in 1983. 

Presently, I am a word processing operator for a small law firm, and spend most of my free time involved with church, Esperanto, civil rights activism, or spending time with friends and family, some of whom have Web pages.  I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, and I love to travel whenever I have the time and the money at the same moment. 

Copyright © 2009 by Charles E. Galvin Jr.  All rights reserved.

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