About William S. Husband
Mr. Husband graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, IA in 1962. Upon graduation, he was commissioned an Ensign in the Supply Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve. His first duty assignment was aboard the USS Nitro (AE-23), an Ammunition Ship, as Assistant Supply and Disbursing Officer, making two deployments during 1963-1964. He was then promoted and transferred, being assigned as the Disbursing Officer, U.S. Naval Ordnance Plant Louisville, KY, where he supervised 12 people, and paid vendor bills of about $250 million per year, equivalent to $2.5 Billion per year with inflation today. He was discharged honorably in 1966, and took a position in computer sales with IBM in San Francisco, where he achieved several hundred percent club awards. Leaving IBM in 1970, he and his family moved to the Chicago area, where he was employed in the third party computer leasing industry, leasing expensive mainframe computers to a variety of firms. He also provided marketing and technical support for the sales staff. In 1978, he incorporated his own company, 20th Century Systems, and conducted “Computer Acquisition and Disposition Planning” seminars throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. His last position was with AT&T Capital, Systems Leasing Division, in Bloomfield Hills, MI, where he became Vice President Technology, being responsible for providing residual value and technology change advice for a $1 Billion portfolio of computer mainframes and other equipment. He retired in 2001 and moved to Louisville, KY where he resides today.
Since then he and his wife have travelled extensively, being able to travel on many of the world’s railways.
Mr. Husband began the development of what is today’s “Explore Rail History” around 1990, utilizing a computer database . Since that time the database software has grown more sophisticated and powerful, and today stores more than 200,000 historic railroad events. Mr. Husband anticipates that the database will grow even more rapidly in sophistication and size with a new generation of software that is coming in the future.