John Widger was born and raised in Michigan. In 1982 he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems. Soon after graduation, he accepted a job as a computer programmer with Western Electric in Denver, Colorado. While working in Denver, he attended classes in the evening at the University of Denver, earning an MBA (Master of Business Administration).
In 1992, a job related move with Lucent Technologies (the former Western Electric) took John to New Jersey for four years where he worked as a computer systems analyst. In 1996, John transferred to St. Louis where he worked as a project manager. In 2006, he gave up a permanent office in favor of working from home, which allowed him to move to Palm Valley in 2007 to be near his aging parents.
John retired from Lucent in the fall of 2010. He enjoys biking, swimming and especially travel with his partner of over 25 years, Patricia (Pat) Ellis.