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, 2018: 39

  • A Journal of the Plague Year

    Daniel Defoe

    1722 -
  • The Enemy Had It Too

    A Play In Three Acts

    Upton Sinclair

    1950 -
  • Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury

    1953 -
  • Amerika

    Franz Kafka

    1927 -
  • On The Road

    Jack Kerouac

    1957 -
  • The Gangs of New York

    An Informal History of the Underworld

    Herbert Asbury

    1928 -
  • Once There Was A War

    Dispatches from Europe & Africa, 1943

    John Steinbeck

    1958 -
  • Lie Down In Darkness

    William Styron

    1951 -
  • Dean Acheson

    The Cold War Years, 1953-1971

    Douglas Brinkley

    1992 -
  • The Ginger Man

    J. P. Donleavy

    1955 -
  • The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    1925 -
  • The Man With The Golden Arm

    Nelson Algren

    1949 -
  • Looking Forward

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    1933 -
  • The Proud Highway

    Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-1967

    Hunter S. Thompson

    1997 -
  • The Naked City

    Malvin Wald & Albert Maltz

    1948 -
  • Mad As Hell

    The Making of "Network" and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies

    Dave Itzkoff

    2014 -
  • In Cold Blood

    A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences

    Truman Capote

    1965 -
  • The Information

    Martin Amis

    1995 -
  • A History of Knowledge

    The Pivotal Events, People and Achievements of World History

    Charles Van Doren

    1991 -
  • The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin

    1887 -
  • Beyond Category

    The Life & Genius of Duke Ellington

    John Edward Hasse

    1993 -
  • Walden

    Or, Life in the Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

    1854 -
  • Touching and Imagining – An Introduction to Tactile Art

    Poems & Essays, 1973-1984

    Jan Švankmajer

    2014 -
  • Washington Goes To War

    David Brinkley

    1988 -
  • 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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