Rob Jenson, né Guttmann, was born in the Sloane Hospital in the 1960’s. His parents, Otto and Inge (ROSENBURG) Guttmann, were from Hamburg and Mannheim, Germany, respectively. They both escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939, emigrated to South America, and eventually met and married in New York City. That is enough genealogy for this page.
Rob has been involved with some aspect of information technology (I.T.) since 1984. He also has been an archivist since 2003. He earned a BS in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1988 and an MLS, specializing in Archives, Records and Information Management, from the College of Information Studies at the UMd in 2005.
Rob’s I.T. career has ranged from the operations floor of an IBM mainframe shop (we were affectionately referred to as “tape apes”) to a computer security group at NASA. He self-identifies as a UNIX®/Linux systems administrator, although there was a time when he played a computer programmer on TV.
Rob’s archives career has been as the archivist at the Montgomery County (MD) Archives and at the Montgomery County (MD) Historical Society. The Maryland designation is important … there are nineteen (19) counties named Montgomery County in the United States. He made a list of them, just for fun.
- Very happily married since 1993. No biological children.
- Lives in Bethesda, Maryland, United States.
- Operates a very small consulting business named Spotch Systems Consulting. This should not be confused with Spotch Consulting, Inc. — an earlier venture of his that is now defunct.
- Is currently in a state of “career hibernation.”
- Considers Framingham, Massachusetts to be his home town. By the time he graduated from high school, Rob had lived in Manhattan, Tarrytown and Chappaqua, New York; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Hopedale, Hopkinton and Framingham, Massachusetts and Westport Connecticut. Pick one … Framingham.
- Enjoyed tasting and recording notes on beer. In January 2018, he tasted his 3,000th beer (approximately) and then stopped drinking. His beer tasting notes were never very coherent, but here they are, up to 2006.
- Spends much of his time these days doing volunteer work, gardening, beekeeping and genealogy. Too busy to think.
- Wonders why this page is written in the third person.
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