Leslie Houk

Leslie Houk - An Autobiographical Sketch

Last updated February 27, 2014

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I was born in a log cabin that I helped my father build...

I've always wanted to use that line.  Actually, I was born on February 1, 1963, and spent the first sixteen years of my life in Horse Cave, Kentucky ("The Heart Of The Cave Region!").  Just over a year later, my younger brother, Dale, was born, and I proceeded to spend the next decade and a half picking on him.   (If you're reading this, bro, I officially and publicly apologize.)

After graduating from Caverna High School (Class of '80, 75 members) I was ready to move to the huge metropolis (well, it seemed like one at the time) of Bowling Green, Kentucky, to attend Western Kentucky University.  Four years later I earned my Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Computer Science and Biochemistry.

In December of 1984 I accepted my first real job at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas.  Except for a year in Washington, D.C. that I would just as soon forget, I spent the next six years in Galveston working on computers for various departments at UTMB.  I also married my first wife, Mary Anne, and had a daughter, Virginia, who was born on January 9, 1987.

In 1990 Mary Anne and I divorced amicably (and remain friends to this day), and I moved to Clear Lake, a subdivision of Houston, Texas, where I accepted a position with GE Government Services, a subcontractor for the Johnson Space Center.  In January of 2001, I met Tammy Mancuso, fell in love, and six months later we were married.  In the summer of 2002, I began working for S & K Technologies, Inc., although still at JSC.

In May of 2009, Virginia graduated with honors from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature.  In May 2010, Tammy's oldest son, Scott, graduated from Santa Fe High School, and he's currently living in Santa Fe and working for Lyondell Basell.

In the summer of 2011, Tammy and I moved from Clear Lake to Pearland, which is more centrally located between where Tammy works and where I work.  In October 2011, Ginny earned her Master's Degree in Canadian Literature from Dalhousie University, and she's currently teaching at The Woodlands College Park High School.  In May 2013 Tammy's youngest son, Zachary, graduated from Santa Fe High School, and that fall he started attending San Jacinto College, where he's working towards an Associate Degree in Instrumentation and Electronics.  Also in the fall of 2013, Tammy went back to college part-time at San Jacinto College to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, while continuing to work at Memorial Hermann Surgery Center Southwest.

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