Krister "Kris" Hallergard
krister at hallergard dot com
Sandra's Art Gallery

I was born in Karlskoga, Sweden in 1942 where I attended high school. I spent the year 1959/60 at a US high school in Scotia, (upstate) NY as an AFS exchange student. In 1966 I graduated as metallurgical engineer from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

I worked 1967/75 with stainless steels and high speed tool steels at Stora Specialty Steels in Söderfors, Sweden and 1975/78 I was Chief Metallurgist at Sandvik Rock Tools in Sandviken, Sweden. I then spent the next 11 years abroad with Sandvik as Product Manager (marketing and local production), mainly for Sandvik Rock Tools in São Paulo, Brazil,   Montréal, Que and Bristol,Va. Part of the time in Brazil I was Product Mgr for Sandvik Wire and Strip and Division Mgr for Sandvik Coromant (cutting tools).

Returning to Falun, Sweden I was MD 1991/93 for Dellner Couplers AB (making railway couplers). I then started my own managing consultancy. Most important tasks were being MD part time 1996-2001 for Ritomex AB, Bjursås (producer of gearboxes for small electrical motors) and Board Chairman 1998/2003 for Foném AB, Säter (computer company serving small business and local government).

Krister and his family
Krister and family at a reunion in Uppsala 2012

In 2002 Sandra and I retired and moved to Lytham St Annes on the Irish sea coast, just south of Blackpool.

My activities as
senior citizen in
Lytham St. Annes:
  • Golf
  • Bridge
  • Geneology
  • Reading
  • Computers
  • Multi Media
Golf: I joined the Lytham Green Drive Golf Club. At the end of the 2003 season I developed a severe case of golf elbow (like tennis elbow) and could not possibly hit a golf ball for over 2 years. Since then I have been playing somewhat, though much less than I would want to, mainly at Ribby Hall´s 9-hole par-3 course. At the end of the 2008 season I felt pain in the other arm and shoulder after a golf round, so I held off playing for the remainder of the season. This happened again in 2009 and I have not dared play since then, as I still feel some pain.
I enjoyed watching the Women's British Open on site in 2003 and 2005 at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club and in 2012 the Men's (British) OPEN.

Bridge: I have joined two bridge clubs: Lytham Bridge Club and Clifton Bridge Club. I play three evenings a week and only have 5 minutes walk to both clubs.

Geneology: For Sandra's family tree I used Ancestry which has the Censuses from 1841 to 1911 and also FreeBMD for birth, marriage and death certificates from 1837 onwards. I have 8 generations on Sandra's family tree - Sandra is in generation six. The oldest person was born in 1779. For my own family tree I used GenLine, which I believe has been taken over by Ancestry. GenLine used the micro films of the Swedish church records that the Mormons did in the 1950s, which now have been digitalized. I have 10 generations on my family tree - I am in generation eight. The oldest person found was born in 1691.
Computers: I bought my first computer for Xmas 1984, a Tandy. Personal computers were new then, and I made a conscious policy decision that I better get with it. Since then I have renewed my desktop 6 times. My present desktop PC I bought in 2015. In 2012 I got my first Android tablet upgraded a few times to at present Samsung Galaxy TAB 7. And in 2017 we got a Smart TV, Sony Bravia 43". Since my retirement I am spending more time computing as a hobby - less than half of this is now on the PC and over half on the tablet. My main fields of interest are:

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