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
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
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 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.
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
DJVEnter@MSN.com to request her appraisal of
the h p c h.com 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 h.com, 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 h.com. 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.
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