Bio

Me? Aptitude tests in high school reported I was best suited to be a farmer.

Expelled my senior year from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, I was a high school drop-out for awhile until I was accepted by the Catholic University of America despite having neither a high school diploma nor GED or SAT scores.

Since graduating from Catholic University with a BA in American History my career has taken me from managing a software store to database systems management to network administration to network emergency tech to web master to web developer to web designer to university professor.

What’s common to all these aptitudes and roles? Data management and design – the constant in all the information revolutions since Guttenberg.

Once In College

Did I mention that I graduated from Gonzaga College High School during my junior year at Catholic University?

After that I was an intern in the United States House of Representatives, made Dean’s List, & graduated with a BA in American History and a minor in Philosophy.

After college I became a musician & songwriter, which I pursued as a living for a long time. Then I gave it up, utterly.

Back In College

Currently I am an adjunct professor at George Washington University, teaching graduate, undergraduate and CE students in such courses as Interactive Web Design; Layout and Design of the Book, and Frame-By-Frame Animation.

Before that I taught courses in diverse departments & academic disciplines at the (original) Corcoran College of Art + Design.  I was full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Media by the time I left the Corcoran, where I spent 7 years teaching in the BFA Design Department, the New Media Photojournalism graduate program, and the Art History program. 

Before that I was a member of the faculty at the Catholic University of America in the Department of Art and the Department of Media Studies.

These Days

I own a web development / design business – now in its 18th year – and work with clients of all types and sizes.

For years I was on the board of the Gonzaga Carmody Open. Founded in 1985, the Carmody Open is a 501(c)3 organization designed to raise scholarship funds for fatherless boys to attend Gonzaga College High School in the District. In its 4th decade, the annual Carmody Open Golf Tournament has raised millions of dollars in scholarship funds.

For years I was a board member of Choices, Inc.  Choices, Inc. was a non-profit organization 501(c)3 for the development of resources for the sexuality education of persons with cognitive challenges and disabilities , as well as their parents, caregivers and staff.

Unplugged Since 1992

For over 25 years now, I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage:

  • no TV
  • no celebrities
  • no radio
  • no sports
  • no crummy music
  • no car
  • no logos
  • no credit cards
  • no debt
  • no cell
  • no smart phone
  • no eBooks
  • no texting
  • no blogging
  • no twitter
  • no blackberry
  • no facebook
  • no video games
  • no consumerist wastage
  • no trends

Books Read, 2018: 15

  • Legs

    William Kennedy

    1975 -
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain

    1884 -
  • President Nixon

    Alone In The White House

    Richard Reeves

    2001 -
  • The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit

    Sloane Wilson

    1955 -
  • Remembering Laughter

    Wallace Stegner

    1937 -
  • Hammer of the Gods

    The Led Zeppelin Saga

    Stephen Davis

    1985 -
  • In Retrospect

    The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

    Robert S. McNamara

    1995 -
  • Catch-22

    Joseph Heller

    1961 -
  • The Ugly American

    William J. Lederer & Eugene Burdick

    1958 -
  • What Makes Sammy Run?

    Budd Schulberg

    1941 -
  • The Letters of the Rožmberk Sisters, 1449-1482

    Noblewomen in Fifteenth-Century Bohemia

    Ed., John M. Klassen

    2001 -
  • Young Lonigan

    James T. Farrell

    1932 -
  • Red Rat Race

    Morris A. Bealle

    1953 -
  • Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew

    The World's Most-Recorded Musician

    Hal Blaine

    1990 -
  • A Swell-Looking Girl

    Stories, 1929-1931

    Erskine Caldwell

    1959 -

Interests, etc

I read a great deal and am always up for a good debate, discussion or argument....

  • early 19th- to mid 20th-century American literature
  • American history
  • cold war foreign policy
  • physics
  • philosophy
  • debate
  • genealogy
  • photography
  • graphic design & typography
  • chess
  • 30+ years in musical composition & performance

Photos from My Studio

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Click here to see more photos from the Washington Post Magazine shoot, as well as other photos taken over the last 18 years as this space has evolved.

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