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Technology, Art and Community
Despite not doing much personal writing before retiring,
Cheeseman one day found himself tasked by his mother
with penning a family history. Over the next couple of decades, Cheeseman used his spare time to complete that
history, which spanned over 700 pages. As mentioned,
there was a lot to unpack.
The memorable moments started early. Growing up as a
kid, Cheeseman briefly took care of a lion cub from the
Calgary Zoo.
" In 1941 the war was going badly and most of the able-bodied staff had all left the Calgary Zoo, for war work, " he writes,
in an anecdote on family pets.

Technologist Don Cheeseman takes
a life of adventure to the page

" People were asked to look after and 'tame' baby animals, to
get used to people. My mother and I looked after a male lion
cub called Leo, while it was still small. "

Images courtesy of Don Cheeseman.

There are some lives whose moments seamlessly blend into
fascinating stories on the page. When you took care of a
lion cub during childhood, worked as an air-man maintaining warplanes in the '50s, spent six years as an educator in
Zambia, and have countless other adventures to share, the
stories aren't in short supply.
Don Cheeseman, R.E.T. (Life), is a man who leads this kind
of life. A magnet for the strange and wonderful, Cheeseman
has spent the years since his retirement mining his past and
writing short stories and articles about his exploits.
He now has 179 snapshots published in various outlets to
show for it. His creative non-fiction work has been published by the Sourdough Chronicle, Whitehorse Star, various
technologist newsletters (including ASET's), NAIT's newsletter and more.
A number of these stories have to do with the various places
Cheeseman's career in technology took him: Chiefly, Zambia.
Shortly after becoming the 327th member of ASET in 1970,
Cheeseman was sent by the Canadian government to be a
department head at what was then called the Zambia Institute of Technology (Now Copperbelt University). He also
worked for the government of Canada in Thailand and taught
at Stanford University.

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This was only one case of caretaking a different kind of pet.
Cheeseman had a robin he'd hatched from an egg, an African gray parrot named Pierre, and a hinge-backed turtle,
among others.



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