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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not a skill, but a habit.

Background Information

I grew up in San Leandro, Calif. I was drafted into the army in 1969, ended up going to Military Police School, then spent a year in Vietnam with the 557th MP Co.

Once that wonderful year was over, I came home and became a police offficer with the Pleasant Hill Police Department. I spent almost 30 years there, retiring in Feb. 2001 as a Sergeant.

I have been married to my best friend, Charlene, for 40 years and we have two wonderful children, Allie, 35, and Scott, 31. The major influences in my life have been the life experiences I have had in my childhood, the army, and with the police department. My parents were a big influence on me, and I thank them for the way I was raised, what they taught me and the example they set. Of course, my wife has been the major influence on my life. She keeps me young!

Birth Place
Corning, NY USA

B.A in Administration of Justice, M.A. in Public Administration (Management), both achieved through the California State University system. Retired in Feb. 2001 after 30 years as a police officer (sergeant). I am the Lead Driving Instructor for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in emergency vehicle operations/pursuits, driving simulator instructor, and have been designated a Subject Matter Expert in police driving issues by the State of California.

Additional Information

My first book, entitled MP, the story of a young MP in Vietnam in 1967-68 has been published through Writers Exchange E-Publishing. The book is based on some personal experience, events I heard of during my tour in 'Nam, and a liberal dose of imagination. It is available at the site link listed below. Click the Writers Exchange link to go to my author's page, view the cover, and read an excerpt. My second novel is a who-dunnit that takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area. The homicide inspector in this book, Vincent Torelli, is none other than the hero of MP, 25 years later, searching for the vigilante killer who takes justice into his own hands when the justice system fails. There is more information at my website- please pay me a visit! I also enjoy writing training and trade articles for law enforcement publications. I have had several articles published in such magazines as LAW AND ORDER, POLICE OFFICERS QUARTELY, and THE BACKUP. Writing started out as a hobby for me, but quickly became much more. Now, it is a pastime that is an enjoyable form of therapy.

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My personal web page
Please visit my web page for more info on me and my books. Sign my guest book, too!

Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC)
A great organization of e-book industry professionals from all over the world. We have over 400 authors, agents, publishers, and cover artists as members. Its a great group to belong to- Check it out!

Writers Exchange Epublishing
A great place to visit. Check out some of the fine books, in all genres, by our talented authors.

Military Police of the Vietnam War
A site dedicated to Military Police, in particular, during the Vietnam War. There are over 40 pages of photos sent in by MP veterans taken during their tour of duty. A wonderful tribute.

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