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I was born just a little over 30 Years ago in the beautiful city of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. I lived in Campinas until I was 18 years old when I decided to go to school in the U.S.A. in 1983.

After devoting 6 years studying Computer Science, Psychology, Computer Science in Education and Educational Media at Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) in Monmouth, Oregon, I moved to Portland, Oregon in 1991 and I have been here since, working as a Computer Science Information Systems/ Computer Applications System instructor for Portland Community College.. 

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Learn more about my family
A tribute to my father

Julio Morales Balderrama


< My great friend and mentor during these years, Baker.




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After the trail of the Goiases was opened from 1721 to 1730, between Jundiaí and Mogi Mirim, it was settled a resting place for the caravans going and coming from Goiás and Cuiabá. This place was know as "Campinas do Mato Grosso" because "Campinas" means fields, and there were three small fields in the middle of the thick jungle. In 1739, Barreto Leme, founded a rural village and the region of Campinas started to grow. In 1772 the inhabitants of the village, claiming the lack of religious assistance, which was only possible in Jundiaí started a movement to get a license to build a Chapel.

On May 27th, 1774, General Morgado Mateus, the Governor of the "Capitania de São Paulo" gives to Barreto Leme the title of "founder, administrator and director" of the urban nucleus to be founded. At the same day, the captain general settled the measure of the streets and blocks as well as the position of houses on them. This was the first urban plan for Campinas.

Soon after, Priest Antonio de Padua celebrated a mass on July l4th, 1774, thus inaugurating the temporary chapel. This act marked the foundation of "Freguesia de Nossa Senhora da Conceição".

From the second half of the XIX century, the town begins to have a social-economic identity assured by the development of sugar cane industries, known as "engenhos", as well as the coffee plantations.





Portland, the largest city in Oregon, is located in the northwestern part of the state. The city straddles the Willamette River just above its confluence with the Columbia.

The population of the city is 437,319 (1990 census). The greater metropolitan area (9,453 sq km/3,650 sq mi.). The city enjoys a relatively mild climate.

Although Portland has some important manufacturing establishments, notably those turning out wood products and processed foods, its economy is primarily commercial. The port is used by both barges carrying grain and ores downstream through the Columbia Gorge and oceangoing vessels, which can navigate the Columbia as far upstream as Portland.

Settled in the early 19th century, the city was laid out in 1845 and named for Portland, Maine. By 1860 it was the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, a distinction it held until the turn of the century (when it was surpassed by Seattle, Wash.)



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