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ABOUT RAY DEMARCHI

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R.A. Demarchi Biography

Ray Demarchi is the retired British Columbia Chief of Wildlife. As a professional biologist he has traveled and worked in several foreign countries including Kenya, Germany, Venezuela and Guyana and has traveled throughout western and central Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica northern Europe and the USA including Alaska and Hawaii.

He grew up in a home that for half the year existed on two time zones because his father's employer, the Canadian Pacific Railroad observed standard time while the rest of the community operated on daylight saving time. This plus his experience working as a provincial biologist in a region of the province situated in two time zones instilled an early interest in time and time zones.

The idea of reducing time zones occurred to him on a trip across the southern USA when he and his wife left his father-in-law's home in Auburn, Alabama and drove on the freeways across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas for two and a half days to arrive nearly in El Paso - a distance of more than 1300 miles before having to set his watch back one hour.

He resides in the Pacific Time Zone and experiences the effects of jet lag for days when traveling between time zones with a differential of more than an hour.

A Child of Two Time Zones. A brief essay by Ray Demarchi

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