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, 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.

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, 2019: 35

  • Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game

    William Kennedy

    1978 -
  • All Those Mornings At The Post

    The 20th Century In Sports

    Shirley Povich

    2005 -
  • White Trash

    John King

    2001 -
  • Daddy’s Boy

    A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father

    Chris Elliott with Rebuttals by Bob Elliott

    1989 -
  • Plan of Attack

    The Definitive Account of the Decision to Invade Iraq

    Bob Woodward

    2004 -
  • Tried By War

    Abraham Lincoln As Commander In Chief

    James M. McPherson

    2008 -
  • Cruising Paradise

    Tales, 1989-1995

    Sam Shepard

    1996 -
  • Elmer Gantry

    Sinclair Lewis

    1927 -
  • A Lost Lady

    Willa Cather

    1923 -
  • Six Crises

    Richard M. Nixon

    1962 -
  • The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan

    James Farrell

    1934 -
  • The Python Years

    Diaries, 1969-1979

    Michael Palin

    2006 -
  • Call If You Need Me

    Uncollected Fiction & Other Prose

    Raymond Carver

    2001 -
  • Flight of the Eagle

    The Grand Strategies that Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership

    Conrad Black

    2013 -
  • Who I Am

    Pete Townshend

    2012 -
  • No Country For Old Men

    Cormac McCarthy

    2005 -
  • The Essential Groucho

    Writings By, For, and About Groucho Marx

    ed., Stefan Kanfer

    2000 -
  • Rabbit, Run

    John Updike

    1960 -
  • Our Gang

    Philip Roth

    1971 -
  • O Albany!

    William Kennedy

    1983 -
  • Of Mice And Men

    John Steinbeck

    1937 -
  • The 42nd Parallel

    John Dos Passos

    1930 -
  • Sex, Time and Power

    How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution

    Leonard Shlain

    2003 -
  • Billy Bathgate

    E. L. Doctorow

    1989 -
  • In Review

    Pictures I've Kept

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    1969 -
  • The Red Badge of Courage

    And Other Stories

    Stephen Crane

    1895 -
  • Deliverance

    James Dickey

    1970 -
  • Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

    1920 -
  • Thirteen Days

    A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Robert F. Kennedy

    1967 -
  • To Chain The Dog Of War

    The War Power of Congress in History and Law

    Francis D. Wormuth & Edwin B. Firmage

    1986 -
  • The Killer Angels

    Michael Shaara

    1974 -
  • Haircut & Other Stories

    Ring Lardner

    1922 -
  • Babe: The Life of Oliver Hardy

    John McCabe

    1989 -
  • The Lay of the Land

    Richard Ford

    2006 -
  • The Journals of Lewis & Clark

    ed. Bernard DeVoto

    1807 -

Click here for the big list of books.

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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