Karl was born three quarters of a century ago in Latvia. Spent some interesting years in Germany until 1948, then emigrated to Australia, living in Bonegilla and Bathurst refugee camps. Moved to "suburban" Sydney in 1952, being educated at Bankstown Primary School, S.T.H.S., and Sydney Uni, graduating in 1960 as BDS (Hons). Joined the RAAF, and had a great time for 20 years all over Australia and Malaysia. There I met and married an RAAF Nursing Sister, who introduced me to the insanity of cryptic crosswords. This masochism has never left. A short stint in private practice proved too depressing and deleterious, so drifted from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, to bar manager, to Nature Park employee on Magnetic Island, et al. Presently living in Charlestown, NSW, very much retired, playing piano, building model ships, and doing crosswords, esp. Guardian and Times. No experience in setting prior to joining the Club, but I hope I can provide some entertainment and mental stimulation for members.