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Robin Chew
September 28, 1956 —

Robin Chew I was born on September 28, 1956 in Camden, New Jersey, the youngest of five children.

Between 1956 and Robin's high school graduation in 1974, his family lived in four states: New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio and California. He attended four primary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. During these years his family traveled the length and breadth of the United States, mostly by automobile.

Robin graduated from California State University at Chico in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a minor in business. After graduation he moved to San Jose, California where he worked as Marketing Manager for his family's manufacturing business.

In May of 1983, Robin set off for Colorado Springs, Colorado. A college friend owned a real estate development company there. The company's cornerstone project was an industrial development called International Center for Aerospace Science and Technologies (ICAST). Robin started with the company as a freelance graphic designer soon after his move to Colorado. Within six months he was hired as marketing director. Over the next three years Robin developed marketing literature, and traveled extensively to promote the ICAST project.

In 1986, Robin purchased his first Apple Macintosh computer and moved to Palo Alto, California. As a graphic designer and marketing professional, Robin realized at once the potential of personal computers and desktop publishing to revolutionize the advertising industry. Robin's first job back in California was with LaserWrite Desktop Publishing Center in Palo Alto. Back in 1986 not everyone had a computer on their desk. Desktop publishing was in its infancy. LaserWrite was one of the first desktop publishing centers in the world.

Later that year Robin co-founded a marketing agency named Resource Group Communications. The company used Macintosh computers for creative applications, as well as project and financial management. Resource Group operated in San Jose from 1987 through 1994, providing marketing communications services to high technology clients.

In 1994, Robin and the world were introduced to the World Wide Web. He immediately understood the importance of this new technology and started looking for ways to capitalize on it. In 1995, he built his first web site called Lucidcafe.com. Lucidacfe averages over 10,000 visitors per day from up to 175 countries. That same year he began providing web site development services to my marketing communications clients.

Late in 1996, I started a contract to develop a web site for Chamberlin Real Estate School in Campbell, California. In the course of the website project I realized the correspondence education offered by the school was ideal for delivery over the Internet.

In October 1998, all Chamberlin School's owner and I incorporated proU.net, Inc. to market online courses through other schools. I closed my marketing communication business to focus full-time on proU.net, Inc.

proU.net courses were the first web-based courses to be approved by the California Department of Real Estate, and among the first online courses to receive the ARELLO Distance Education Certification.

In 2010, proU.net began marketing pre-license and continuing education courses for Mortgage Loan Originators. Our mortgage courses have been approved by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS). proU.net real estate and mortgage courses are sold through a network of resellers across the United States. Even in these uncertain economic times, proU.net is thriving.

Personal information: I currently live in Emerald Hills, California. My interests include reading, fitness, international travel, SCUBA diving and sailing. I am divorced.

Over the last 30 years I have traveled throughout the United States and internationally to (in alphabetical order) Cambodia, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Thailand and Wales.

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Books About Augustus

Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor
by Anthony Everitt

Everitt tells of Augustus's rapid rise through Roman society, from the sickly grand-nephew of Julius Caesar to "first citizen" of Rome. He offers a new theory of Augustus's murder at the hands of his wife, Livia, presenting his death as an "assisted suicide" intended to secure the transition of imperial power to his stepson, Tiberius. Everitt keeps guesswork to a minimum, building his narrative on solid evidence.

Purchase this hardcover edition of Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

Augustus Augustus
by Pat Southern

A comprehensive biography of Augustus Caesar. Southern avoids complicated discussions of Roman politics and concentrates on the man himself.

Purchase this hardcover edition of Augustus

The Age of Augustus The Age of Augustus
by Werner Eck

A clear, concise biography of Augustus.

Purchase this hardcover edition of The Age of Augustus

Augustus Caesar's World Augustus Caesar's World
by Genevieve Foster

A slice of history measured by the lifetime of Augustus Caesar. Timelines, charts and illustrations enhance the text.

Purchase this hardcover edition of Augustus Caesar's World

Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome
by Anthony A. Barrett

Barrett reconstructs the life of a Livia, Emperor Augustus's wife.

Purchase this hardcover edition of Livia: First Lady of Imperial Rome

I, Caesar: Ruling the Roman Empire I, Caesar: Ruling the Roman Empire
by Phil Grabsky

A survey of imperial history via biographical sketches of the most significant emperors.

Purchase this hardcover edition of I, Caesar: Ruling the Roman Empire


DVDs About Augustus/Rome

Ancient Rome Ancient Rome - the Glorious Empire

The Roman Empire's incredible civic buildings, temples and the ancient city provide fascinating echoes of a truly remarkable people. This program contains superb graphics and computer animation, detailed reconstructions of Roman life, paintings and images, location footage, and insightful interpretation and analysis.

Purchase this DVD edition of Ancient Rome - the Glorious Empire

Rome - Engineering an Empire Rome - Engineering an Empire

Abundant in exclusive location footage and cutting-edge CGI graphics, this multiple Emmy Award-winning History Channel program breathes new life into the incredible history and majesty of the epic Roman Empire.

Purchase this DVD edition of Rome - Engineering an Empire

Rome - Season One Rome - The Complete First Season

In HBO's Rome series it is 52 B.C.. Dramatic shifts in the balance of power between former friends Pompey (Kenneth Cranham), the leader of the Senate, and Julius Caesar (Ciaran Hinds), returning to Rome after conquering the Gauls, has the ruling class up in arms.

Purchase this DVD edition of Rome - Season One

Rome - Season Two Rome - The Complete Second Season

It is 44 B.C.. Julius Caesar has been assassinated and civil war threatens to destroy the Republic. HBO's Rome Season Two charts the power struggle between Mark Antony (James Purefoy) and Octavian (Simon Woods), who Caesar named his sole heir.

Purchase this DVD edition of Rome - Season Two


Augustus/Rome Online Videos

The Roman Empire examines the political & military systems of Rome in 6 parts:
PART 1/6 - PART 2/6 - PART 3/6 - PART 4/6 - PART 5/6 - PART 6/6

House of Augustus Caesar


Related Websites

Divus Augustus
By Suetonius

Bio of Augustus
At De Imperatoribus Romanis

The Deeds of the Divine Augustus
Written by Augustus in 14 C.E. at 76 years of age

Greek and Roman History
Comprehensive reference of links, documents and notes from Prof. John P. Adams,
University of California, Northridge

Julius Caesar
By Plutarch

Marc Antony
By Plutarch



The Dalai Lama


Other Monarchs in the Lucidcafé Library


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