About Bob, Manufacturing Systems, and History

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: http://www.s-i-inc.com/bob.jpgThis home page now serves as a personal page for Robert Schuldenfrei.  It once was the home page for my company, S. I. Inc.  Most websites have an "About" page where the author tries to give a reason d'ętre for the site's existence.  While I do not have a separate page for this, consider the next paragraph a vehicle for my philosophy.  I am fully retired so it is not likely to change any time soon.

I have retired in fact, but not in spirit.  My tag line is: "I now do for fun what I once did for money."  To tell the truth, I do a lot more now for fun they I ever did for money.  My late father William Schuldenfrei often said: "At the end of days you are not sorry for the things you did that did not turn out as you had hoped, but sorry for the things you could have done but did not do."  He lived his life true to this dictum and I think I am living mine the same way.  As you read this website's narrative I hope you will understand me and perhaps learn a little bit about yourself.

I came late to the table of multimedia.  The next few paragraphs depend on the new media as I have been playing "catch up."  For an audio introduction, please click on this MP3 link.  This same introduction will be found here as a multi-media Windows movie.  While this website is always going to be a work-in-progress, there is a certain sense that we have been in "production mode" for about ten years. The most important information will be found right here on the home page. Use the links or the navigation buttons on the left to find other items of interest.

As the video sailing resume explains I have had a love affair with sailing.  This site has explained that we no longer have a boat.  As of October 2012 this is incorrect.  Pat and I along with our friends Christeen and Franco purchased a 1987 Catalina 34.  We call her Esprit du Vent.  To see a picture of her at the dock go to A gallery of changing Schuldenfrei information.   I hope to have more pictures shortly.  We have joined the Catalina 34 International Association and started a fleet here in southeastern Florida.  Go to their website and click on “Fleets” and then go to Fleet 14 to read about our new affinity group.

After attending an event put on by the iSchool at Syracuse University I am starting to learn about social media. Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Facebook Click here to go to my Facebook page.  As an alternative you can click the Facebook icon on the right.  My interest in social media is to learn how to develop tools and techniques that can be employed by organizations to better market their services.  As a test-bed for these concepts I use the Syracuse University Alumni Club of South Florida (SUACSF). Because I am the webmaster it is easy for me to do so.

To test out another facet of social media I have learned how to use YouTube.  The sailing resume can now be found there too.  The introduction to the Schuldenfrei family tree is a YouTube video.

The Civil War

The Civil War Round Table of Palm Beach County (CWRT) has a new website that can be found at www.CivilWarRoundtablePalmBeach.org.

On February 10, 2010 I gave a presentation to the Civil War Roundtable titled Manna From Heaven – Northern Supply 1861 – 1862.  It is reproduced in two forms below.  The first is as a series of nine YouTube videos with narration.  The second is a .pdf file in text and pictures.

Presentation materials as a series of YouTube videos:

·         Segment 01 Manna From Heaven.

·         Segment 02 Manna From Heaven.

·         Segment 03 Manna From Heaven.

·         Segment 04 Manna From Heaven.

·         Segment 05 Manna From Heaven.

·         Segment 06 Manna From Heaven.

·         Segment 07 Manna From Heaven.

·         Segment 08 Manna From Heaven.

·         Segment 09 Manna From Heaven.


Presentation material as a .pdf file.

In April of 2012 I returned to the CWRT to deliver a complimentary lecture about supply in the Confederacy.  It was titled Out of Thin Air – The Story of Southern Logistics.

·         Segment 01 Out of Thin Air.

·         Segment 02 Out of Thin Air.

·         Segment 03 Out of Thin Air.

·         Segment 04 Out of Thin Air.

·         Segment 05 Out of Thin Air.

·         Segment 06 Out of Thin Air.

In February of 2015 I presented T-Mails, The Telegraph and Battle Management.  There is no video, however the text and slides are on file.  An article in the CWRT newsletter can be found here.

In April of 2016 I gave another CWRT presentation:  Sherman at Shiloh.

·         Segment 01 Sherman at Shiloh.

·         Segment 02 Sherman at Shiloh.

·         Segment 03 Sherman at Shiloh.

·         Segment 04 Sherman at Shiloh.


Digital Photography

I have returned to an old hobby, photography.  For about five years I taught courses for the Palm Beach County Adult Ed program.  While I was not being paid very much, it was in a way “work.”  If the truth be known, I would have done this for free.  Two courses have been developed, however, neither has been given for a long time.

The first course is digital photography.  The course ran at Forest Hill High School from 6:30 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday evenings.  Each session was 90 minutes long.  The course is titled: “How To Take and Display Great Photographs.”  To view a poster for this class follow this link.  To download the class slides for the class navigate to the Photography page.

The second course was titled:  Photoshop Elements 7.0, How to Manipulate and Print Great Photographs.  My teaching notes for this course can be found in Notes.htm.  The slides for each lesson can be found in compressed format on the photography page.

I am starting to display some of my work on this site.  Please push the “Photography” navigation button or follow this link to the photography page.

About Bob, the family, and Palm Beach, FL:

I have completed a multi-media project.  It is a biography of William H. Schuldenfrei, my father.

Chapter 1: Dad discovers Kodachrome.  The first chapter is about 11 minutes long.
Chapter 2: A Young Family.  This chapter is about 25 minutes long.
Chapter 3: Turia.  This chapter is about 18 minutes long.
Chapter 4: Summer Camp and Travel.  This chapter is about 23 minutes long.
Chapter 5: Schuldenfrei Discovers Europe.  This chapter is about 29 minutes long.
Chapter 6: The glory years of the early 1960s.  This chapter is about 37 minutes long and is a large file.
Chapter 7: Family milestones.  This chapter is about 23 minutes long.
Chapter 8: Winding down.  This chapter is about 36 minutes long.

Because the above videos take so long to load, I have broken each chapter up into smaller segments.  These are on YouTube.  Please note that you cannot just click on the following hyperlinks as they can’t open in “frames.”  Open these items either as a new window or new tab.

Chapter 1: Part 1, Part 2
Chapter 2: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Chapter 3: Part 1, Part 2
Chapter 4: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Chapter 5: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Chapter 6: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Chapter 7: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Chapter 8: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


For a brief biography in resume style, please link to my bio. For a presentation of my capabilities, please link to my presentation.

At the suggestion of a reader, please find provided a jump table of sites I find interesting.

The Schuldenfrei family home page can be found at this reference:
A gallery of changing Schuldenfrei information.

Follow this link to the Schuldenfrei family tree.

In September of 2008 there was some beach damage.  Click here for the erosion south of our building.

My daughter Rachel has a full time position as Costume Shop Manager at the Round-House Theater Company.

An excellent family story is the Klondike adventure of Solomon and Rebecca Schuldenfrei.

My wife, Patricia, is working for Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  To view Pat's resume just click on the link.

News from my former company, S. I. Inc.:

In 2010 I returned briefly to do an engagement for my good friend Tony Serino.  Most of my involvement relates to Tony's website and general social media development.

As a major project I have been spent a fair amount of time acting as the senior business advisor to Veeda Software, LLC.  Veeda (www.VeedaSoftware.com) is a startup software company.  It is the creation of Hendrick Melo.  I met Mr. Melo a year before moving to Palm Beach, FL.  It is interesting to note that this company is in a position very similar to that of S. I. Inc. circa 1981.  That is not to say that nothing has changed since 1981!  The state of the art has certainly changed, but the business issues remain constant.  Marketing, accounting, finance, administration, etc. remain challenges for any small organization.  All of these functional areas of the firm need attention and I have been very gratified to do my bit to see that Veeda Software continues to grow.

Some of the engagements we have done in the recent past include doing marketing research, sales force automation, customer relationship management, and business policy work with Serino Associates.  My clients have been mostly Fortune 500 firms in these engagements. In the late nineties S. I. Inc. did new product roll-out consulting for Navision Software of Atlanta, GA, now part of Microsoft. After that engagement I was involved with a VAR organization, Shamrock Software, Inc. The focus of this work was to write a handbook on project management. This substance of this material was how to manage a team of consultants who were implementing packaged and customized accounting systems. I am continuing to develop and generalize this handbook. If anyone would like more information about this handbook, please contact S. I. Inc. at the address given below. Robert Schuldenfrei has worked on a project for High Tide Software from the summer of 2003 until moving south in the spring of 2005.  The work was market development for the Wellesley, MA firm.  High Tide is making the transition from a board level systems programming house to a full line software company.

S. I. Inc. has sold MCS-3 to Maxom Enterprise Solutions of Boothbay Harbor, ME. We had intended to be a reseller of MCS-3 after the sale.  Sadly, as of the end of the year 2002, Maxom is out of business with their web site closed down and no way to contact the principals.

Since I have fully retired I no longer do work for money.  I do however do work for fun.  If I can be of service please feel free to give me a call.  We published a newsletter for S. I. Inc.  The last formal issue of the WORKS was the summer 2005 issue.  It can be found below.

The Summer 2005 issue of the WORKS is now out. 

Click on Winter 2003 for the first issue in the current series. 
The Spring 2003 was the second of the modern issues.
The Summer 2003 issue of the WORKS is here. 
The Fall 2003 issue of the WORKS can be found here. 
The Winter 2004 issue of the WORKS can be found here. 
The Spring 2004 issue of the WORKS can be found here. 
The Summer 2004 issue of the WORKS can be found here. 
The Fall 2004 issue of the WORKS can be found here. 
The Winter 2005 issue of the WORKS can be found here. 

For additional information:

     Phone: (561) 582-3340

     Or send USPS mail to:
     Robert Schuldenfrei
     3450 So. Ocean Blvd - #616
     Palm Beach, FL  33480


Date last changed:  04/12/16