I learned early in life the values of focus, responsibility, respect and kindness. Throughout college and a 32-year career at a major telecommunications company, I developed strengths in organization, planning and servant-leadership and was highly recognized and awarded for my efforts. My career successes led to my first book, The Gifted Way to Manage Your Career.
After an early retirement, I pursued my lifelong interests in genealogy, writing and photography. My first two books were born out of my combined interests -- my first book, From New York to Indiana, being a history of my family from 1786. My second book, The Collector, the Guide and the Bone Digger, is a biography of a relative who worked as a paleontologist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. My thoroughness and attention to detail were demonstrated by the meticulous research required for these two works.
I continued to combine my interests in genealogy, and history in general, in several other books relating to family histories. I have also helped others produce books of their own families by providing insight and skills in editing their works.
In 2019, I wrote my first novel ... a historical novel, of course. It is the story of a young man coming of age in the Great American West in the 1890s. Hill of the Bear tells the story of Clay Beckley, a fourteen-year-old who leaves his home in Indiana to join an expedition into the San Francisco Peaks of Arizona. Clay grows through battles with the elements, nature, disease, and man himself.
My wife Marti and I live in Warsaw, Indiana, where our greatest joy is in our role as grandparents to four granddaughters and two grandsons.
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