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Glenda's life history:

In 1946 my mother worked for Fish Engineering in Houston, Texas as a draftsman. She told her fellow draftsmen that a noble man, to whom she would commit the rest of her life, would walk
Come on now, do you really think I'd put a current picture here?
through the office door. In walked my dad who, newly discharged from Army service in the Corps of Engineers, was an impoverished widow's only son of four children. "Look who just walked in, Priscilla!" Roger and Priscilla wed in November 1946. In September 1947, I arrived.

In the early 50's, Pacific Northwest Pipeline (now Williams Energy) purchased Fish Engineering and moved the family to beautiful, historic Salt Lake City, Utah. By then, Roger and Priscilla had another daughter, Cindi. In the late 50's El Paso Natural Gas Company purchased Pacific Northwest and moved us to El Paso, Texas.

I graduated from Eastwood High School, El Paso, Texas in 1966. During that summer I attended Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos, Texas. I worked as an Aquamaid at Aquarena Springs on the San Marcos River performing in 20 foot deep water before a crowd of onlookers (who were safe in a submarine). I breathed air from a hose not from a tank. I entertained these folks by eating carrots and drinking Delaware Punch underwater and by petting a 10 foot long catfish who would swim by as the Aquamaids performed underwater acrobatics. I also worked as a lifeguard at the college swimming hole on the San Marcos River. I've recently learned that Aquarena Springs is now known as Aquarena Center. The submarine theater starring the Aquamaids and Ralph the swimming pig have been discontinued.

In 1967 I returned to El Paso to attend UTEP and during the summer of 1968, worked as a temporary employee for El Paso Natural Gas (EPNG) now El Paso Energy in the Measurement Department. By April 1969, EPNG hired me to work full time in the Accounting Department as a statistical typist. I took a typing test when I applied for the job. To my dismay, the test required the use of an electric typewriter. I didn't even know how to turn it on! A manual was all I had ever used. I practiced for a few minutes and when I felt comfortable with the electric's feel, I asked that the test begin. To my surprise, my time was 90 words per minute with no errors. My formal education was put on hold at this time.

By February 1970 I transferred to the Reservoir Engineering Department because the Accounting Department had a policy that prohibited employees married to each other from working in the same department. (Tom A. and I married in November 1969.) For five years I was a typist/file clerk. In 1976 a position opened in the department for a technician who would work directly with the reservoir engineers. This person would assist in analyzing the propensity for currently owned reservoirs of natural gas, reservoirs where EPNG had working interest, and reservoirs of future interest, to make money for EPNG. No females had worked in this capacity for the department before. When I applied for the position, I was told that the job was not for a "woman" to do because it required extremely long hours. A woman would certainly not be willing to commit herself when the prospect of raising a family had priority. I was required to prove (with a physician's statement) that my husband and I were permanently childless. So by March 1976 I was promoted to Produced Gas Specialist or the "first female clerk". This promotion was a $200 per month increase in pay.

Tom A. and I divorced in 1982. Roger Gohman retired (actually, was forced to retire) from EPNG in 1984 with 34 years accredited service.

By April 1986 as a Senior Reservoir Engineering Analyst (my pay had increased by $1300), my time with Reservoir terminated. The department ceased to exist. I was transferred to the Production Control Department as a Production Scheduling Analyst. It was during my years in Production Control that I was introduced to scheduling methods. (At this time in EPNG history, scheduling consisted of arranging meters in a producing order to minimize cost.) One of my tasks was to predict the weighted average cost of gas (or WACOG) daily. Another was to explain differences between my monthly WACOG and the price calculated by Gas Settlement Section in the Accounting Department prior to check mailing. The enormity of this task, involving over 20,000 meters, was that there were no programs available to do this calculation. The only tool available to me was a Multiplan spreadsheet. EPNG did have a programming software called SAS, which I mastered out of necessity. I really loved SAS programming. I wrote a program that would apply the state of New Mexico's over/under production factors to 20,000 plus meters' production. It updated the database saving the department 54 hours of overtime per month. This calculation was one of the factors used to position the meters in the production schedule. I wrote a program to point out the differences between one month's production schedule and the next month's schedule reducing the time spent to get a schedule proofed, printed, and distributed. The WACOG analysis, however, won me recognition and praise from El Paso's management through monetary rewards. Daily, I was able to point out just where on the pipeline excessive expenditures were occurring. I was able to pin point pricing errors in Gas Settlement's calculations prior to check mailing. My calculated WACOG was reported daily on the Executive Report.

I was transferred to Operations Control Department as a scheduling analyst in 1992 when EPNG split the merchant and transportation functions. I used my analytical ability and my spreadsheet acumen to research data requested by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. I prepared this data in spreadsheet form for presentation as exhibits on various FERC data requests. I managed the Scheduling Section's hardware inventory on a Lotus spreadsheet and won another award for my work. I promoted customer service by interfacing with EPNG customers regarding their scheduling needs and recommended to them ways they could modify their scheduling method in order to meet those needs. (I attached letters of recommendation from a few of these customers to my resume.) I ran the batch processing of the customer's transactions to develop the daily flow schedules essential to the business of El Paso. I created, researched, and posted an Excel spreadsheet to report the monthly final scheduled gas by area, onsystem and offsystem. This spreadsheet was attached to a document given to upper management quarterly. Lastly, I assisted in the creation of, development of, testing of, and customer training in El Paso's Window's based scheduling system named "Mainline Transportation System."

On March 27, 1996, the day EPNG laid off 500+ employees, I was told that there was no place for me in the new organization. My employment with EPNG ended August 31, 1996.

During the winter of 96-97, my significant other (Dave R.) and I designed, wrote, and tested a Window's based payroll system for a business here in El Paso.
Dave's picture scanned from his 1993 driver's license.
(Dave worked for EPNG also, but was terminated by them in February 1996.) We provided instruction and training in the use of the payroll program to their employees. Since neither of us had experience with "payroll" accounting, it required extensive research and study. The program proved its worth when time came for the first quarterly report. Not only did the financial manager complete and report first quarter status in minutes, she impressed her upper management with her ability to provide a forecast through the end of the year one hour after their request.
Okay, here it is. Is it really me 32 years later?
She was able to prove substantial savings in payroll processing costs by the end of 1997. Please write to her (her name is Diana) at to request her appraisal of the h p c Payroll System. If you desire more information concerning the Payroll System, you may Contact Us.

Dave and I named our home-based business h p c, formerly Home PC Helpers. We intend to help folks learn to use their personal computers, to provide them with Windows assistance, to write custom programming for individuals and small businesses, and write web programs in Active Server Pages. I've created a guestbook and survey for my visitors to fill out. I'm interested in the type of system each use when surfing (the web). This information will help me create "cross-platform" ASP (HTML) documents so more people may benefit from their web experience with h p c Please be sure to visit our Web Projects page and connect to the links provided. (Most of these projects are online and the links are to purchased copies.)

We wish to thank ChooChooNet of Chattanooga, Tennesee and Cynthia Furst owner of WebNet Express in Santa Rosa, California for the help they've given us during our first year of business online in 1997.
Glenda Gohman
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