I was born in a little town called Macedonia, Ohio. I grew up with three older sisters: two, four and six years older. My parents were very disciplined in their procreating.
Behind our house was a forest. The forest was my playground. I remember "The Real McCoy". A tree had fallen over an embankment and the dare was to shimmy out to the end and bounce up and down. Better than any teeter-totter. And a Rite of Passage for the kids.
When I was ten years old my father got a job in the big city of Akron, Ohio. So this little country boy was thrown into the inner city.
I went to Buchtel High School, studied music, played football, sang in three different choirs and performed in the Musicals: "Finian's Rainbow", "Once Upon A Mattress" and "The Music Man". I was very lucky. When I arrived at Buchtel, Susie Benningfield, a gal just out of The University of Texas, took over the music department. She was full of energy and built an amazing program. This was especially great for me because I went on to have a career in musical theater.
Off to Connecticut College. I rowed crew and studied more music, dance and acting. I also took my first gymnastics class.
In college I met another great teacher who helped me along my path. I asked my dance teacher out for coffee (because I thought she was cute). She asked me if I was serious about being a dancer? I said yes. She advised me to drop out of regular college and move to NYC where I could be trained by professional dance teachers.
The advise may sound crazy but I realized years later her advise was sound.
A dancers career can be over at age 25. I was already 20 years old and I had only been dancing for two years. She knew I was already behind and the clock was ticking.
(Somewhere in there I got married and then divorced).
After six years the Camelot Tour ended and I went back to NYC but had trouble getting work. I was no longer an acrobat and competition for actors and singers is much tougher. I ended up driving a cab in NYC for two years. A thrilling experience until I got mugged. Now I started thinking about leaving NYC.
I had visited friends in Eugene, Ore a few times during breaks from the Camelot Tour. So I moved to Eugene for one year to see if I liked it.
I have never left.
I did odd jobs when I first arrived. I did some acting, singing and dancing, I taught acting, I worked construction, I worked on a fishing boat and finally landed a great job working with people with disabilities.
While working with people with disabilities I put The Game of REAL LIFE together.
I managed the group home for a year until I decided to work full time on the game business.
Now I hand make the games and sell them at Saturday Market and online. I work at home in my studio. I put on music or documentaries (currently listening to a 48 episode Great Courses lecture on ancient Egypt by Professor Bob Brier of Long Island University).
During the week I get orders online, pack them up for shipping and drop them off at the post office. Then on Saturday I take my games down to Saturday Market and sell them.
Its a good life.