73 year old John L. "Sonny" Maton was born and raised in the small, mid-western, farming community of Pana, Illinois. During the Korean War, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves while still in high school. Upon graduation from high school he was discharged honorably from the Navy and immediately joined the United States Air Force. He completed his education after the military on the G.I. Bill, earning his Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Sonny went on to earn his Master's Degree from the University of Illinois and a PhD. from Kensington University in Palto Alto, California. Sonny worked for the General Electric Company at Huntsville, Alabama as a mainframe computer operator contracted to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he was involved in all the early rocket and manned space flights and exploration, including the Redstone, Mercury, Atlas, and Saturn as well as the Shuttle. He also worked with the original seven astronauts in the early astronaut program. He later became a programmer and systems analyst with NASA and finally became the Firing Operations Director of Computer Services at Cape Canaveral, Florida. In later years he worked as a Computer Project Leader for the U.S. Army Missile Command in Hutsville, Alabama during the Gulf War. In the educational field, Sonny has been a top administrator at two major community colleges, one in Illinois and one in Washington State, as well as on the four year college level at St. Leo University in Florida. He also served five years as the Associate Dean of Instruction at Keiser University in Sarasota, Florida and retired from there in 2000. Sonny served as a Project Director of a GIS Mapping Corporation in the Philippines and lived in the Far East for a considerable length of time in the 1990's. Sonny wrote his first novel, A Leaf Falls But Once, in 1984 and it won the award of the top "Honorable Mention Fictional Novel" at the International Writer'
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