My name is Albert Lowe. My friends call me "Al". Except for those who've been in Role-Play-Games with me, THEY call me CAPTAIN CHAOS!!
I was born in Kokomo, Indiana in 1956. I went to Marion High School, in Marion, Indiana. I lived in the Chicago suburbs from 1978 until Feb. 4, 2001. And I USED to work as as IS Tech for Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. That was until I was FORCED to change departments, which started me down the path of looking for another job. I thought I had one too. It was supposed to pay more and start on Jan. 03, 2000. But at the last moment, AFTER I quit my job at UL, it all fell apart. That's what I get for listening to head hunters. Now I live in Lansing, the state capitol of Michigan,
Sometime in 2003, March I think, I took over the Michigan Chapter of the Pink Pistols. I don't know who the person was before me who ran it. I know that she was a woman, and that she was also a member of MCRGO, as I used to be. Since I took over, we haven't had much success in getting things going. But I have got a list of about 25+ people who are interested. So far the Detroit Free Press has done a small story on us.
On Feb. 16, 2004, I was fired from my job at GC Services in Lansing because of my involvement with the Pink Pistols. That's not the official reason, but it is the REAL reason. My former boss, John Burke, is a homophobe and even though I'm not Gay, by supporting a Gay gun group, he saw me as a potential threat. To what, I have no clue.
On July 1, 1997, I became a father for the first time...at the age of 41!! His name is Joseph Gerard Lowe, he's cute as a button, and my first son. But imagine my surprise when I became a father again on November 29, 1999 to a second son, James Willis Lowe (yes, named after my dad), he's just as cute as Joseph was at his age, and maybe a bit cuter. I just can't believe I'm following so close in my father's footsteps. When I was born, my father was 39, though he turned 40 2 months later. Oh well, it was worth the wait.
And as if you couldn't tell, one of my hobbies is role-play-games. I got started in role-playing back in 1976/77. The first RPG I bought was TRAVELLER, which is a Science-Fiction theme based role-Play-game. It wasn't until about 1978/79 that I found out about AD&D. (Dungeons and Dragons to all you mundane people out there). I tried AD&D, but I didn't really care for it too much. Sometime about 1983/84 I found DragonQuest by SPI. This was the FIRST fantasy RPG that I really liked. But it did have problems. Then in 1986 (approximately) the group I was playing with switched to Hârnmaster. Now THIS game I liked. I have played and GMed other games,such as Space:1889, 2300AD, Top Secret S.I., Boot Hill, and DragonQuest, but Traveller, and Hârnmaster remain my favorites.
I was also involved in developing the "Star Trek Starship Combat Simulator", a board game that was produced by FASA, the makers of Battletech, among other games. This was about 2 years before FASA dropped the Star Trek series of games, including the Star Trek Role-Play Game.
I also like to target shoot, play baseball, WATCH baseball, play tennis, design really strange web pages, and I listen to all different kinds of music, except RAP. I don't really care for RAP music too much. But I won't go into that here, at least not now. As soon as I can, I will list some of my favorite games, and movies. Coming from the Central Indiana region, (originally) I'm a Cincinnati Reds Fan.
I started target shooting about 1972, when my mother helped me buy a Ruger Standard Mk1 .22 caliber semi-auto pistol. Back then, owning firearms was not as Politically UNCorrect as it is today. The next gun I bought was a Sporterized Argentine Mauser, converted from 7.65mm to .30-06. Man, did that baby Kick! Over the years, I've probably bought and sold around 30 guns (give or take a few) over the last 30 years. Currently I own several firearms.
Below is probably my most favourite passage from the Bible. It's from Revelations Chap. 6, verses 7 & 8 (King James Version)
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. (8) And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.