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Stop Run An eclectic take on the mainframe world Joe Temple juggles with his dad in his grandmother’s back yard circa 1973. Circus Act IBM Distinguished Engineer Joe Temple reflects on his juggling past By Sara Aase A t 14, Joe Temple took up juggling to surprise his father on his birthday. Juggling ran in his family—his father, also Joe, had performed in time I juggled with my dad.” His father died in June 2011. In many ways, the two men’s lives ran in parallel. Both worked at IBM, the elder Temple as a service field manager. “But we were very different people with the usual father-and-son issues,” Temple recalls. “One of the great things about juggling is that it kept us from really going at each other’s throats.” Instead, they could hurl clubs. Temple says he might take up juggling again when he retires. In the meantime, he still takes a lot away from the experience. “You learn through juggling that you can’t let go of things because they’re hard,” he says. “You have to keep working away at them, which applies to a lot of things in life.” the Navy, and his great-uncle juggled in Vaudevilleera shows. Growing up in New Jersey in the 1960s, Temple and his father had access to Central Park “Juggle-Ins.” By the time the younger Temple attended Lafayette College and worked as a junior engineer at IBM, he was a staple act at local clubs’ weekend gong shows. Then he joined the circus—the Lions Club All-Star Circus—and juggled with a troupe in local high school gymnasiums across northeastern Pennsylvania. Each spring and fall, Temple traveled most weekends to the circus, where his dad managed performers backstage and his mom sold concessions. “In every town, I would follow the signs they put up on telephone poles to find it,” he recalls. Introduced as “Joe the Juggler,” he would leap into the ring wearing hot-pink tights to pass clubs, rings and cigar boxes to “Los Chicos,” as they were called. They were “a fraternity brother and a high school kid I taught to juggle specifically for the circus act,” Temple says. “They wore lime green.” The circus also featured a magician, gymnasts, swaying ladder tricks and a hand-balancing act. As his IBM career ramped up, Temple practiced and performed less. He finished his circus run as a warm-up juggler—an experience he remembers fondly. “I wore a fedora and overalls,” he says. “It was almost a clown act, to get people clapping and stomping the bleachers. It was a lot of fun.” Temple then retired his clubs. “There were a lot of things I couldn’t do because I was juggling.” For instance, joining a ski club, where he met his wife, Rae. Today, Temple enjoys brewing hard cider, playing golf, and visiting his daughters and granddaughter. When his father was 84, Temple joined him for a performance at a 2009 church talent show. “That was the last Sara Aase is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. 40 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2012

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2012
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Been There, Done That
IBM Perspective: Not All Clouds Are Designed Equal
Insider: What's Really Driving Peak CPU Usage?
Focus on Storage: The DS8870 Provides up to Three Times the Performance of Its Predecessor
Case Study: A Capital Investment: DTCC implements tools to ensure its networking infrastructure is ready for anything
Cover Story: A Clear Vision for Cloud: System z GM Doug Balog on why zEnterprise provides a firm foundation for a secure cloud
Feature: Overcoming Cloud Obstacles: The benefits far outweigh the challenges associated with cloud integration
Tech Corner: From Silicon to Architecture, zEC12 Innovations Push the Envelope
Administrator: IBM zAware Extends z/OS Resilience to Another Level
Solutions: Attach Facility; DataSniff; AutoPilot; Eclipse; Correlog Enterprise Server 5.1
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Stop Run: IBM Distinguished Engineer Joe Temple Reflects on His Juggling Past
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2012