Vernon L. Gowdy, III

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Far Left - Photograph taken in 1999 at home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Left - Taken
in Cozumel, Mexico at Senor Frogs in 1995. Right - Taken in Moore, Oklahoma when only
18 years old. Far Right - Photograph taken in 1979 when he was a young photographer living
in Norman, Oklahoma attending the University of Oklahoma.

Vernon L. Gowdy III was born February 5, 1955 in Hawthorne (Los Angeles County), California.  Vernon's parents Vernon L. Gowdy, Jr. and Wynona Gowdy (Harrison) spent only a couple of years in California before moving back to the Moore, Oklahoma.  Vernon attend Southgate Elementary School and Moore High School.  After graduating in 1973 Vernon attended University of Oklahoma.   During his college years Vernon majored in Microbiology while at the same time was a Staff Photographer for the college daily newspaper "The Oklahoma Daily". After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology Vernon obtained a job at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in January. 1979.  But after less than a year Vernon quit to pursue his new interest, photography and the rock and roll business. Vernon spent the next five years with a partner David Huff, Jr. and friends publishing a rock and roll magazine entitled JAM The Music Magazine that was distributed in the state of Oklahoma and selected areas in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Wichita, Kansas. See list of accomplishments and concert photography.

In July 1984 Vernon decided to quite the publishing business and obtained a job at a direct marketing company where his layout and design skills came in handy.  During his tenure for the next six years Vernon also became Promotions Director for the company.

In January 1990 the company was bought out and subsquently Vernon was now unemployed. However during the past four years Vernon had become quite interested in computers which would become his new vocation.  Vernon began working for Lynn Hickey Dodge under the command of his sister, Debra Glidden.   Vernon maintained the computer system and over 100 terminals. 

Beginning in late 1994 Vernon became fascinated with the internet and began learning about building web sites.  Lynn Hickey Dodge was sold to another company and Vernon began a company, Stargate Web Services, building web sites for clients.