Cactus Umpires began as a split-off umpire association in 1979. A bunch of us were dissatisfied with the direction and governance of the Arizona Umpires Association (AUA) to which we belonged. We tried to affect change through regular procedures but were unsuccessful and could not reach a satisfactory compromise.
About twenty of us left AUA and formed a new association which we called Cactus Umpires. After one year of operation, I became head of the group and it has been my baby ever since. Cactus Umpires quickly grew and developed in the premiere umpire association in Arizona.
Meanwhile I was acting deputy ASA UIC for fast pitch in Metro Phoenix but in 1994 I became the full fledged fast pitch UIC. That meant I had to do a lot more administrative and official stuff. I was already publishing a quarterly news booklet (The Cactus Spine) but I needed a more timely method of getting information out. During this same period, more and more people were getting computers and the World Wide Web was taking off.