Expelled my senior year from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, I was a high school drop-out for awhile, living the life of a musician, playing shows and trying to get my bands signed to record contracts.
While I continued with music, I was accepted by the Catholic University of America despite having neither a high school diploma nor GED or SAT scores. I made Dean’s List and graduated from CUA with a BA in American History.
My career afterwards 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 Gutenberg.
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.
Currently I am an adjunct professor at George Washington University and Montgomery College, teaching graduate, undergraduate and CE students in such courses as Professional Website Development; 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.
I own a web development / design business - now in its 20th 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.
For over 25 years now, I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage:
412 Books Read between
January 2010 & October 2020.
That's 1 book every 9.6 days
or 3.17 books a month
for 10.83 years.
Every title on this list is a 100% genuine book, of course: not one was consumed on a device.
Average year of publication? 1958.
I read a great deal and am always up for a good debate, discussion or argument....
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