BIO Index

Steve Henderson

Steve Henderson bio: Hmmm, my life since SHS? Well, 2 weeks after our graduation, I was doing so many push ups for upper classmen at the Air Force Academy that I blanked out from shock. My first remembrance was introducing myself to my roomie 2 days later. Really! I had no idea what I had gotten myself into! I considering washing myself out that first summer, but got the hang of it and graduated 4 years later. I discovered economics at the Academy and it became my lifelong profession, both in the Air Force as a teacher and out of the Air Force in academics, research and public utility regulation.

I spent 14 years in the Air Force-half in school and half as a research/teaching economist. During this time ('69-'71), my PH.D. studies were at the U. of Wisconsin in Madison, where I apparently overlapped with Andy Zintel, which I didn't know until reading his bio for the reunion. Next were 14 years at Ohio State-half in the Econ department and half at an on-campus research center. I took up figure skating in a big way at Ohio State, which is how I met my wife, Lisa, who is a Michigan girl. After 14 years in the stands, I became a big fan of Ohio State football, which can be the source of much needling from Lisa's Michigan family and her extended clan of cousins. Next were 14 years in D.C.-half as Deputy Policy Director at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and half as a consultant to electric utilities on Commission matters (aka, the revolving door). Here I became a Redskins fan, although one must be hardy these days.

In 2003, after commuting into D.C. for 14 years on crowded subways, I came home and told Lisa that my consulting-firm partners were able to work from home in more pleasant locations than downtown D.C., and I could do the same. So, after considering where we wanted to relocate/retire, we decided on Traverse City, MI-a summer resort town with lots of cultural opportunities, which also happens to be close to her family. We moved here in 2004 and have enjoyed it immensely. My consulting remained busy for the next 3 years or so, but now I'm mostly retired and work only on continuing cases. One in particular, which is the gift that keeps on giving, has lasted about 9 years now in one form or another in front of the Commission. Lawyers can find lots of things to discuss!

Soon after moving to Traverse City, we attended a concert by our local community band and discovered that they welcomed all sorts of wannabe musicians. So, in 2005 I started playing the saxophone again after a 44-year layoff since SHS. Coincidently, the nearby Interlochen Arts Academy offered its first-ever adult summer band camp that year. I had known about Interlochen even back in Sarasota and always dreamed of going there for summer camp. Only lack of talent and money prevented me then! Well, here was an opportunity that ignored that first handicap and the second was no longer an issue. So, I sent myself to summer camp! Like the Air Force Academy, the first couple of days were a bit of a shock, but I again resisted the urge to quit and have loved playing in local community groups since then. I now play in 3 local groups and am trying to understand jazz. All you former band members out there-jump in, it's a lot of fun.

I pretty much lost contact with Sarasota after graduation and am looking forward to the reunion. I've really enjoyed the bio's-great idea.

The first pic is Lisa, me and our little schnoodle, Callie. The second pic shows me practicing in my history-of-music-technology room (note the reel-to-reel tape player and turntable in background) with Callie looking a little bored.

J. Stephen Henderson