Get A Life, Archer!


I have a very full life. I am constantly busy and I'm wondering where all my time goes. The days just whizz by. If someone ever says to me, "Get a life!," I stop and think -- well, I've got one thank you very much... and then some...


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Where I Have Lived
Age Address Notes
0-3 20 Wilmot Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England  
3-7 15 Granville Street, Woodville, Derbyshire, England  
7-23 34 Bernard Street, Woodville, Derbyshire, England  
23-24 202 South Brooksvale Road, Cheshire, Connecticut, USA In-Laws
24-29 53 South Main Street, Branford, Connecticut, USA Rental
29-38 22A Jefferson Circle, Clinton, Connecticut, USA My first house that I owned!
38-?? 91 Dorset Lane, Madison, Connecticut, USA  

Schools I Have Attended
Age School
4.5-7 Woodville Infants School, Woodville, Derbyshire, England
7-11 Woodville Junior (Primary) School, Woodville, Derbyshire, England
11-14 Granville (Secondary) School, Woodville, Derbyshire, England
14-18 The Grammar School (College Prep), Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England
7 G.C.E. 'O' Levels (2 in Mathematics) and 1 G.C.E. 'A' Level (Physics)
20-22 Burton Technical College, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Awarded an O.N.C. Sciences with a Distinct in Mathematics
27-43 University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut, USA
Graduated "Magna Cum Laude" with a B.Sc. Computer Science and a Minor in Mathematics


I was born on 20th August, 1956 at the Burton General Hospital in Burton-on-Trent, a town in East Staffordshire world reknown for it's breweries, especially Bass Charrington (Bass Ale) and Allied Breweries (Double Diamond). The best ales are made at Marston's, Thompson & Evershed (Marston's Best Bitter).

I was brought up in South Derbyshire living most of my life in Woodville, a village in Derbyshire, until I moved to the United States in May 1980.

When I was born me Mother and Dad lived at 20 Wilmot Road, Swadlincote for two or three years, and then we moved to 15 Granville Street, Woodville, where we lived for about five years. We moved to our final home at 34 Bernard Street, Woodville in February 1963.

Woodville is part of the town of Swadlincote Urban District and is roughly 4 miles south-east of Burton-on-Trent and roughly 12 miles south-west of Derby.

I went to Grammar School in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire is just three miles east from Woodville over the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border. Grammar School is analgous to high school in the United States.

Me Mother (Barbara Jessie Archer nee Hardwick) was born in Brizlincote Cottages, Bretby on 14th August, 1928 and grew up in Bretby which is on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border between Swadlincote and Burton-on-Trent. She was one of four children; her older brothers Horace (known in the family as Joe) and Cyril (known in the family as Jack) and her younger sister Joyce. All have since passed away. Me Mother died at The Queens Hospital, Burton-on-Trent on 23rd June, 2008, aged 79, after having a heart attack and her kidneys shutting down. She was cremated and her ashes were interned at Bretby Crematorium, as per her wishes for her remains to be left in the village where she was born. Her brother Jack's ashes are about 30 yards away from hers.

Me Dad (James Ronald) was born at 65 Church Street, Church Gresley on 28th October, 1925 and grew up in Church Gresley in South Derbyshire, home of Gresley Rovers Football Club. He played for the Rovers in the 1940s and his uncle was involved with the club at the turn of the Century. The Archers house was literally just over the wall from the Moat Ground where the Rovers play. Me Dad also served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army during World War II. During his army days, he served in India and in Ireland. Me Dad was one of nine children; Robert (Bob), Oswald (Oz), William (Bill), John (Jack), Catherine (Cath), Agnes, Phyllis and Winnifred (Winnie) were his siblings. All except me Auntie Winnie have passed away. Me Dad died at The Queens Hospital, Burton-on-Trent on 1st July, 2007, aged 81, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was cremated at Bretby Crematorium and his ashes were spread in the National Forest immediately behind our old home at 34 Bernard Street, Woodville, as per his wishes.

Me Sister (Joy Ann) was born on 29th March, 1961 at 15 Granville Street, Woodville. She currently lives near Rugby, Warwickshire.

After me Mother passed away, me sister and I put our childhood home at 34 Bernard Street, Woodville up for sale. It was sold in November 2008.

In January 2009, I had the honour of being inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame! You can see my entry HERE.

In December 2010 I was diagnosed with a benign skull-based tumour called a trigeminal schwannoma. It is rare and found in only 0.2% of those who have skull-based tumours. I had a 13-hour brain operation at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut on 17th December, 2010. Because of it's location to many of the cranial nerves only 80% could be removed, because further invasive surgery could have been fatal. The remainder has been treated by a radiation process called Gamma Knife, which will slow the growth and shrink it. Complications occured after that operation and I have received five additional brain operations from March 2011 to August 2011 to fix cerebro spinal fluid (CSF) leaks and hydrocepalus. The trigeminal nerve was damaged and now I suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, which is a painful condition said to be permanent. I was back to work in October 2011 and have not been operated on again since.



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