I was born and raised in Kern County, California (Bakersfield’s the county seat), except for a time from the second grade through a junior in high school when I lived in Santa Cruz, California. My wife and I were high school sweethearts, married young, and have spent 52 years making each other happy. Well, at least I have no complaints―she might have a few.
We have three living children and a fourth, our beloved son Michael, was killed in a motorcycle accident when he was 24-years old. Our oldest son, Sky, is an attorney in Portland, Oregon. The oldest daughter, Cheryl, also in Portland, is a court reporter and our youngest daughter, Laura, is in real estate in Ventura, California. We have four grandsons, 3 granddaughters, and a great grandson. We’ve always told our children that if we’d known of the joys of grandchildren we’d have skipped the children and gone right for the grandkids.
After a brief time in electronics, I joined the Kern County Fire Department and retired as Chief Deputy Fire Chief after 31 years employment. My wife and I have both been retired since 1994 and spend our time with hobbies, traveling, and the family.
I have always been a voracious reader and have written articles and essays for trade magazines and newspapers. I have been editor of several newsletters and the Kern County Fire Department's magazine "Embers." I also have a life-time teaching credential at the community college level, and have taught fire department and community relations courses.
Except for meeting Carol, the writing and publishing of my first book, Tin Lizard Tales: Reflections from a Train
is probably the single best experience of my life. It was hard work, involved a lot of research, and took four years to get to market, but the trip has been very rewarding. I love to speak to book groups and writing classes about the process and am always available if contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
. I have the idea for another book circling my mind and may start it shortly after the Lizard has been thoroughly marketed.