Simonton was born in Honolulu yet grew up in New Orleans. In 1965 he graduated from Louisiana Tech University with degrees in electrical engineering and psychology. In 1967 he began working on the first computerized jet engine test facility in Oklahoma at the Tinker Air Force Base. He then founded PAiA Electronics as a mail order electronics kit company. Simonton began publishing Polyphony magazine in 1975, which later became Electronic Musician.
- Obituary at PAiA Electronics home page
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