I was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved at an early age to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs. My parents raised my three brothers and me as “sympathetic” Unitarians (we attended fellowship occasionally), and I was treated to a UU dedication ceremony as a very young child. After graduating from college in 1976, I began a career in the Air Force as a navigator and electronic warfare officer, mostly in B-52s. My family lived the nomadic Air Force life for 26 years, finishing up at Eglin in 2006. After a few stints doing defense contracting work in this area, I taught high school Air Force JROTC for eight years in North Carolina. My wife, Sue, and I moved back to Niceville in 2016.
The sea and the weather brought us back, and I spend many enjoyable hours on my sailboat. I’m also inspired by great jazz (I’ve played trumpet since I was 10), enjoy an intelligent conversation, believe that a well-played game of baseball is the definition of sublime perfection, and think it’s hard to spend a better day than in the company of a six year old granddaughter who brings fresh and joyous perspective to just about everything.
Sue and I have been married for 40 years, and we have three grown children. One of our sons and his daughter live locally, another son lives in Arizona, and our daughter and her husband live in North Carolina.