||Getting to know someone involves learning what they
have accomplished during their life. Who I am today involves knowing
what I have done with my life. So far, I
have earned four
college degrees, including an MBA, and two graduate level
certificates. My three careers
have each involving writing.
What I term my fourth career, a passion that has spanned more then
three decades, is genealogy.
As a Journalist
During my first career, I worked as a journalist
for daily and weekly newspapers.
As a writer
(news and features) or editor of weekly and daily newspapers,
I worked for The Jamestown (ND)
Sun and Lodi (CA)
News-Sentinel. I also wrote for US Army weekly
newspapers in Japan (Camp Zama),
Germany (1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery), Ft. Hood, TX, and
at Ft. Huachuca, AZ.
Perhaps my years as a news and feature writer, and editor, is why I believe that the unrestricted
exchange of information is itself a corner stone of our democracy. For, to restrict
information also restricts the ability of a people, any people, to act intelligently.
During the early months of 1997 I met the man who authored and
was the legislative father
of the Freedom of Information Act,
John Emerson Moss.
In the Military
My second career was as a member of the US Army. I retired from military service
in March 1983. The first half of my
career was spent as a journalist.
The last half of my
military career was spent as a senior investigator with
counterintelligence, cross trained in criminal investigation.
I also graduated from the Defense Language Institute from the Basic German
I spent nearly six years with the 527th Military
Intelligence Battalion, 66th Military Intelligence Group, assigned to the
Mannheim Field Office (later Mannheim Resident Office) between January 1977 and
June 1982. It is during those
later years in the military that I helped preserve the freedom we all enjoy in
the United States of America.
||While an investigator
for counterintelligence, I received
the Humanitarian Service medal
for assistance during the evacuation and
intelligence processing of Americans
As a Technical Writer
I am currently in my third career, still working as a writer
now at 21 plus years in Silicon Valley.
I am the lead technical writer (resume) with
Varian Medical Systems. The company produces
radiation treatment equipment, and the software to both control the process
and manage patients and treatments, for use in treating
If professional links
are of interest, see the technical writing