My family first in all things, reading (voraciously), soccer, almost all sports, my dogs TuffGuy and Bart, travel, research, starting new businesses, and sort of a challenge!
Family activities, of course, business intrigues and stimulates me, and I love good books and great movies.
Stephen King, not only for his books but for his insights into writing and life is my all-time favorite. John Steinbeck, naturally, "Grapes of Wrath" will remain one of my favorites. Bob Woodward, not only for his Watergate expose but for his incredible work on the Bush Debacle...The Iraq War!
"Soylent Green is People!" (frighteningly possible), "I'm going home!" Sol in Soylent Green (great movie and a real message), and "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve!" (every marketers credo!)
Experience: Established Business (1-3 years)
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I could write a book! Hey! Maybe an ebook?! I grew up in Michigan until 12 and then here in Cleveland (Ohio) until 17, when I enlisted in the US Army. I had finished high school a year early and needed a little bit more than I got in scholarships to attend college. Unfortunately, 1972 wasn't a real good time to enlist and after a short stint as a medic and a longer one as a patient in various Army hospitals, I came home. To make a short story long...or a long story short, I can never keep them straight. I had a wonderful son, born on my birthday back in 1976, a bi-centennial baby(!). I married too young (18) and divorced after 10 years. Then, I remarried my best friend the same day my divorce was final...in Vegas! Yeah! Where else? No, nothing like that, my ex and I were separated for 4 years and it just took too long, I met my wife when she joined a health club I owned...so she could meet me! She invited me into the whirlpool, and the rest is history. That was 25 years, four children, and two grandchildren, a few dogs and cats, and even a dozen or so hamsters ago!
I have had 15 surgeries, 14 on my spine and one to completely rebuild my shoulder, since leaving Uncle Sam. I've had ulcers, congestive heart failure, and I'm an insulin dependent diabetic.I have had a couple of very successful businesses I started and built from the ground up. I have sold, sweat, and worked my butt off...and I've learned plenty along the way. I know how to advertise, prospect, market, and close the deal on one call! I have worked for commission almost my entire life, except for a period in academia when I was paid the meager wages of a college professor. I gotta tell you folks, I made a whole lot more selling than I ever did teaching. Although my online tutoring business isn't doing half bad! I went back to school at 35, graduated summa cum laude, won a doctoral fellowship, 6 in the country, and studied for my Ph.D. in physical anthropology. I have studied, researched, gotten drunk, and been on a first-name basis with some of the greatest minds in America. No kidding! Drunk you say?What are a few less brain cells when you are dealing with monster IQs? I have explored the rainforests of Central America, studied howler monkeys in Belize, and participated in National Geographic funded expeditions. I've studied skeletons in Washington, New York, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Buffalo, South Carolina (Morris Island), and you name another place. I know most of the forensic anthropologists on TV. In fact, I was one of them. I've delivered papers to national conferences and conventions and I have submitted research to National Science Foundation sponsored seminars and think-tanks. I even had an office, and my own set of keys, to the American Museum of Natural History, in Manhattan. That was kinda neat!
I love Stephen King books, always better than the movies, and almost any movie, unless it is mindless trash...and then I love it! HA! Amazon Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death and Killer Tomatoes from Outer Space are two particularly good, bad ones. The former, I am told, was written by an anthropologist, so it can't be all bad! My favorites are Rocky (Yo! Adrian!), Soylent Green (I bawled when Sol "went home"), Rollerball (the 1976, James Caan version), Groundhog Day (what a message!), and Razor's Edge (w/Bill Murray not Tyrone Power). I am certain there are some others, and there are dozens of also-rans. The books? Too many to mention but SK stands at the top for escapist fiction at its best, particularly his early stuff. Jeffrey Deaver, John Saul (early on), Dean Koontz (also earlier works), John Steinbeck (a master), and Tolstoy. And for non-fiction there is Bob Woodward. The man made me look at government from a whole new perspective, twice. His expose of the Bush/Iraq/Rumsfeld fiasco is absolutely mind-boggling! And they ran our country! A must read for anyone with a pulse that cares where this country has been for the last 8 years. Oh yeah , and want to wake up and smell the egg-nog.
Remember when I said I could write a book? And I'm not talking an eBook, either!
Honestly? I wouldn't know where to start. I guess I did? So, I'll keep everyone in suspense with the rest. Not that I am all that...or all that important. I'm not. I have had a long and sometimes difficult life. I am certain that the things I have experienced are not all that unique. If you really want to know my biography, in its entirety, this isn't the place. Besides, I have this thing about laying myself bare in front of millions!
BTW, I usually hate these BTW, OMG, LOL messages but...BTW...has been around a lot longer than the Internet. So, BTW, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL!