My parents named me Grant, however all of my eFriends just call me Wave. I first developed a fascination for cars at an early age. Probably because my father always drove European sports cars. For the first 20 years after high school, my days were consumed working as a certified Maserati and Mercedes Benz mechanic. My nights and weekends revolved around building and racing various Chevy and Mopar muscle cars from the 60's and 70's.
After many speeding tickets and constantly abused fingers, my choice of hobbies migrated toward theatre, audio mixing and computers. I started running the sound mixing board for friend’s bands, then got involved in theatre production. This was about the same time that I was starting to get exposure to the world of computers. When I was running the sound board for plays, most of the sound queues that I used were recorded and played back on cassette audio tapes. I started recording the sound effects on my computer and saving them as wav files. Now when I went to queue my next sound during the production, it was just a mouse click away instead of changing tapes. This is how I acquired the name WavMixer.
My first computer started in 1995 with a call to Jeff Levy, host of a computer talk show locally here in Los Angeles then on KFI 640 but can now be heard on KFWB 980 AM. I was planning on purchasing a computer in the near future, so I called him up to see what he recommended. I was the very first caller, on his very first radio broadcast and soon became a regular caller to the show. When Jeff needed a website, Grant McBride aka WavMixer was his choice for web development.
In 1996 I went to work as a tech support rep for a little Internet start up company called EarthLink. I soon worked my way up to head of the web
support department until EarthLink merged with Mindspring and moved to Atlanta.
After leaving EarthLink, I went to work for Medtronic in the information technology department. They are the world leader in insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring. This was where I found out that I am diabetic, so I could not have been working at a better place. I was fortunate to be involved in field where I could be a part of helping people and working with computers, which happens to be my favorite hobby.
After 5 years with Medtronic, I ventured out on my own to grab my share of the dot com dream. I am one of the fortunate few that actually walked away from the dot com crash well ahead of where I started. I guess it may have been "Luck of the Irish." If I ever had to offer advise to someone, it would be to follow your dreams and remember that the impossible just takes a little bit longer.
Web Site Dedication
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who
US computer engineer & industrialist (1955 - 2011)