Richard, Shelly, Bobby and Stacia Gillmann Richard Gillmann singing with the Happy Campers

Richard Gillmann


I was born in Chicago Heights, IL. I grew up in Homewood, IL. I attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School (and was one of the founders of the the HF radio station WHFH).  I graduated from Caltech in 1969. I lived in Los Angeles, CA for 24 years. Shelly and I were married November 27, 1988. We moved north in 1989 and we now live in Issaquah, WA. I worked as a software developer and manager of software developers for many years, including stints at SDC, USC-ISI and Three D Graphics. I had my own company Inner Loop Software for most of the 1980's and also taught compiler design at USC. I later worked as a development manager for Microsoft. I worked on C++ and other compilers at Microsoft, and also the initial MSNBC website. I retired from Microsoft in September of 1996. In 2002, my wife Shelly and I adopted two children from Russia. Bobby and Stacia are now in middle school and high school and doing pretty well. They have certainly changed our lives!

Music: I have played acoustic fingerpicking guitar for about 45 years now, and lately the ukulele and other instruments. I perform in the group Coffee 'n' Dirt and sometimes also with the Happy Campers. I was a DJ at KBCS 91.3fm in Bellevue, WA from 1997 to 2013. I compile a top airplay chart for folk music and you can find out more about that at

Misc: Shelly and I researched our family trees back in the 90s. Here are compact trees of my ancestors and my wife Shelly's ancestors. If you're very lucky, you might even find me on 2m ham radio (KI7KJ). Anyone who knows me could tell you that I've always wanted to sample Mary Ann's coconut cream pie.

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