I am a veteran classroom educator, originally from the Toledo area of Ohio. As an educator, I am in constant pursuit of new knowledge and challenges. I derive complete satisfaction from learning/doing something new and sharing it/using it to help others.
I especially enjoy learning, sharing and debating the finer points of history, politics, technology, and languages (both computer and other).
I am a lover of history ever since my parents took me on a Civil War vacation when I was 12. A two-week and five-state jaunt through battlefields in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. That experience kicked off a life-long desire to learn and share knowledge, especially about history.
Since then, I have spent countless hours volunteering at national, state, and local museums. I once spent an entire summer as an intern with the National Museum of American History. I have even gotten film and TV jobs!
History has informed my life (I met my wife at a historical reenactment), my hobbies (I collect 78 records, campaign paraphernalia, militaria, 1940s technology, vintage clothing, and do historical reenactments), my writing (I edited and published a veteran’s diary), and has spurred me to learn more about both the world I live in and the people, cultures, and places that are a part of it.