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, 2020: 11

  • The Pit

    A Story of Chicago

    Frank Norris

    1903 -
  • A Reporter’s Life

    Walter Cronkite

    1996 -
  • Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

    And Selected Stories

    Steven Crane

    1893 -
  • The Irish Way

    Becoming American In The Multiethnic City

    James R. Barrett

    2012 -
  • The Fifth Column

    Stories of the Spanish Civil War

    Ernest Hemingway

    1938 -
  • Rabbit Redux

    John Updike

    1971 -
  • Women With Men

    Richard Ford

    1997 -
  • The Supreme Court

    William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court

    1987 -
  • An American Dream

    Norman Mailer

    1964 -
  • The Saddest Summer of Samuel S

    J. P. Donleavy

    1966 -
  • House Of Meetings

    Martin Amis

    2006 -

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


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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