My name is...Tony Zalatan

Genealogy fiend, bicyclist, self-taught software engineer

Posted 7/31/17

Software and radio

I graduated with a degree in physics in 1971. I had to work in my father’s grocery store because the job market was pathetic. My first “real” job was as a computer assistant at a local community college. There I got my …

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My name is...Tony Zalatan

Genealogy fiend, bicyclist, self-taught software engineer

Posted

Software and radio

I graduated with a degree in physics in 1971. I had to work in my father’s grocery store because the job market was pathetic. My first “real” job was as a computer assistant at a local community college. There I got my amateur radio license, which has since lapsed. I’m a self-taught software engineer.

I’ve lived in Littleton for 40 years. As soon as they voted Ronny Reagan in, my first wife and I loaded up our Dodge Polara with our two cats and dog and pointed it west.

I came here in 1980, and ended up working for Lockheed Martin. I worked on mostly classified projects. If I told you about them, I’d have to kill you.

Kids and genealogy

I can’t father children, so my first wife and I adopted three children from Korea. ... They’re grown and moved on now.

For the last seven or eight years I’ve been adding to the Mormon genealogy database. I add about 30 or 40 names a day. I’ve added 76,268 names so far. It’s named of people who have passed on — I pull them from online records.

Biking the West


I’ll be 68 on the 4th of August. I exercise every three days. I started getting in shape in my mid-40s. It’s about the only thing that’s kept me alive. I used to do regular trips around Denver on my bicycle — that’s about 65 miles. About 17 years ago a friend and I took our bikes to Moab, Utah, and we both did the Slickrock Trail.

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