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, I was a high school drop-out for awhile until I was accepted by the Catholic University of America without a high school diploma, GED or SAT scores.

Books Read, 2017

  1. Band Of Angels
    Robert Penn Warren
    1955 -
  2. Gilliamesque
    A Pre-Posthumous Memoir
    Terry Gilliam
    2015 -
  3. Neutrino Hunters
    The Chase to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
    Ray Jayawardhana
    2013 -
  4. The Tumult and the Shouting
    My Life In Sport
    Grantland Rice
    1954 -
  5. What Hath God Wrought
    The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848
    Daniel Walker Howe
    2007 -
  6. The Bad Seed
    William March
    1954 -
  7. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
    Carson McCullers
    1940 -
  8. Short Cuts
    Robert Altman & Frank Barhydt
    1993 -
  9. A Tour On The Prairies
    An Account of Thirty Days in Deep Indian Country
    Washington Irving
    1833 -
  10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
    Neil deGrasse Tyson
    2017 -
  11. The Public Arts
    Gilbert Seldes
    1956 -
  12. The Jack Benny Show
    The Life & Times of America's Best-Loved Entertainer
    Milt Josefsberg
    1977 -
  13. The Fables of Ivan Krylov
    1769-1844
    Translated by Stephen Pimenoff
    2017 -
  14. The Scarlet Letter
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    1850 -
  15. Ragged Dick
    Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks
    Horatio Alger, Jr.
    1868 -
  16. Hard Times
    An Oral History of the Great Depression
    Studs Terkel
    1970 -
  17. The Day of the Locust
    Nathanael West
    1939 -
  18. Life on the Mississippi
    Mark Twain
    1883 -
  19. I Married A Communist
    Or, The Woman On Pier 13
    Robert Stevenson
    1949 -
  20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
    Hunter S. Thompson
    1971 -
  21. In Confidence
    Moscow's Ambassador to America's Six Cold War Presidents (1962-1986)
    Anatoly Dobrynin
    1995 -
  22. Being There
    Jerzy Kosinski
    1970 -
  23. Lincoln’s Constitution
    Daniel Farber
    2003 -
  24. Manhattan Transfer
    John Dos Passos
    1925 -
  25. The Prince
    Niccolò Machiavelli
    1513 -
  26. Leonardo’s Brain
    Understanding Da Vinci's Creative Genius
    Leonard Schlain
    2015 -
  27. No More Vietnams
    Richard Nixon
    1985 -
  28. 1066
    The Year of the Conquest
    David Howarth
    1977 -
  29. Ragtime
    E. L. Doctorow
    1974 -
  30. Herblock: A Cartoonist’s Life
    Self-portrait and Views of Washington from Roosevelt to Clinton
    Herbert Block
    1993 -
  31. Tobacco Road
    Erskine Caldwell
    1932 -
  32. How The Other Half Lives
    Studies Among The Tenements Of New York
    Jacob A. Riis
    1890 -
  33. All The Pretty Horses
    Cormac McCarthy
    1992 -
  34. Darkness At Noon
    Arthur Koestler
    1941 -
  35. Keith Moon
    The Life & Death of a Rock Legend
    Tony Fletcher
    1998 -
  36. Animal Farm
    George Orwell
    1945 -
  37. The Gutenberg Galaxy
    The Making of Typographic Man
    Marshall McLuhan
    1962 -

Click here for the Big List of finished books, 2010-2017.

Once In College

Did I mention that I graduated from Gonzaga High School while I was a junior at Catholic University?

During my senior year in college 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.

Back In College

Currently I am an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses such as Interactive Web Design; Frame-By-Frame Animation, and Layout & Design of the Book.

Prior to that I was visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Media, teaching courses in diverse departments & academic disciplines at the (original) Corcoran College of Art + Design. I spent 7 years at the Corcoran, 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, 2017

I own a web development / design business - now in its 17th year - and work with clients of all types and sizes.

For 20+ years I was on the board of the Gonzaga Carmody Open. 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. Now in its 4th decade, the annual Carmody Open Golf Tournament has raised scholarship funds in excess of $1.3 million dollars.

For twenty-five years I was also 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 their parents and staff.

This is a Creative Environment.

An extension of skin, bone, circuit boards, paper & vinyl, my work studio is a co-mingling of the obsolete and the cutting edge.

Antiques, cast-aways, 33 1/3 album covers and open-source software interact with a striking visual experience which never fails to inspire hi-quality work.

My Studio was Featured in the Washington Post Magazine

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Check out Second Glance - “The Great Wall of Music”

More 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.

Would you like to know more?

Unplugged Since 1992

I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage:

  1. no TV
  2. no celebrities
  3. no radio
  4. no sports
  5. no crummy music
  6. no car
  7. no logos
  8. no credit cards
  9. no debt
  10. no cell
  11. no smart phone
  12. no eBooks
  13. no texting
  14. no blogging
  15. no twitter
  16. no blackberry
  17. no facebook
  18. no video games
  19. no consumerist wastage
  20. no trends

Interests, etc

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

  • Cold War foreign policy
  • Early 20th century American literature
  • American History
  • Physics
  • Debate
  • Philosophy
  • Genealogy
  • Graphic Design & Typography
  • Chess
  • 30+ years in musical composition & performance