I was born on March 14, 1946 in Iola, Clay County, Illinois, a whistle-stop town in southern Illinois of approximately 300 persons. My Father was a Tenant Farmer/Truck Driver/Construction Laborer, and my Mother, a School Teacher. I remember in my youth one-room country schools, and hitching posts before the general store. I am proud to be a hillbilly and to share farming, logging, and country values with my extended hillbilly family and ancestors. In our world a mans bond is his word. ” Today I still operate the family farm in Iola with my cousins raising cattle and crop.
After graduating from a public high school of 200 students in Braidwood, Illinois, a small rural town of 2000 residents 60 miles south of Chicago, I attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a scholarship and received in 1968, two Bachelor of Science degrees: one in Industrial Management from the MIT Alfred P. Sloan School of Business, and one in Electrical Engineering. In 1972 I was awarded a Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School. It was here that I began my life as a poet, scripting "Thoughts In The Harvard Yard", the first of over 2500 pieces.
In 1972 I traveled to Alaska to clerk in Juneau for the Alaska Supreme Court (Justice Robert Boochever—who was subsequently appointed a Judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit), and worked for two and one-half years as a Trial Lawyer/Appellate Attorney with the Alaska Public Defender Agency, in Anchorage.
I have been in private practice with my own law firm since 1976, focusing on trial and appellate work and as a criminal defense attorney in the State of Alaska and Federal Court(s), and as a plaintiff’s trial lawyer on behalf of individuals in catastrophic injury and/or death cases. I have never worked as a prosecutor in criminal matters, nor accepted money from insurance companies or large corporations.
Today I am living in Anchorage defending the law and its people. My family and I hunt and fish for food, raise gardens, and forage for berries, mushrooms, and other edibles. I spend my spare time in the great outdoors at Goose Creek Tower writing about the world and my life; continuing to help others and contemplating the mystery and majesty of Life and the cosmos.