I was born in San Jose, California, and moved with my family to the small eastern Washington town of Brewster in 1959.
I graduated from high school in ’68 and before entering the Navy in October of that year, I spent the summer in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco with my pal, Scott Pryor.
I got out of the Navy early and went to X-ray school in Wenatchee Washington. After graduation, I moved to Seattle where I worked as an X-ray tech at various hospitals around town.
X-ray never really suited me so I went back to school to pursue my first love, art. I graduated with a BFA in graphic design from the University of Washington, then went to graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.
I graduated from RISD in 1985 and in the fall of that year, I started teaching design at Penn State University. I was a tenure-track professor for four years. During the summers I would return to RISD to teach the pre-college course there.
Homesick for Seattle and the mountains, in 1989 I moved my family back to Seattle and went to work for an ad agency. I was an art director and worked on some pretty heavy clients; Nike, Apple Computer, Lexus Motors to name a few.
After a mountain climbing accident in 1994, I started my own advertising agency. Over the years I’ve been a principal in two other ad agencies and raised and sent my three daughters through college. They’re all professionals and are married and have good lives. I like to write and I've written and had published four books.
Now, I’m 62 and planning a bicycle trip around the world. I’ve sold my car and a lot of my belongings; what I haven’t been able to sell, I’ve given away. There’s still much to do before I leave in May of 2012.
I’ll start the trip with my cycling pal, Mike, who will ride across the U.S. with me. After that, I’ll fly to Europe or Africa and be on my own for the rest of the trip.
I’ll be blogging along the way and keeping in touch by phone, email and post. I hope some of you reading this will take the time to drop me an email or post a comment. I'd love to hear from you.
Many friends and family members have promised to meet me along the way. I hope that they do. I sure could use the company!