John Wood, seen in the opening and closing images, grew up in Southwestern Louisiana. His family moved to an oil refinery town after World War Two and he graduated from Sulphur High School in 1961. John attended Louisiana Tech from 1961 to 1965, graduating with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He worked summers at Texas Instruments in Dallas. John moved to Boston and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1967. He spent much of his career in the management and leadership of high technology businesses, including roles as public company CEO. John now serves on corporate boards and lives with his wife in Concord, Massachusetts. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science in 1996.