Where to start.
I live in a house I built mostly myself in the San Bernardino Mountain community of Running Springs with my wife, Tammy.
Additonally, we have two other homes in Mexico. One is 75 miles south of the Mexican border at playa de estero near the beach community of Ensenada, Mexico, B.C. The other is about 400 miles south of the border, on the Sea of Cortez, in bahia de los angeles, Baja. Our place is located on a quiet little beach called Campo Gecko. So we enjoy the best of two worlds, the mountains and the beach.
I am retired from both education and the movie business. But keep busy as an educational consultant specializing in helping school districts make transformational change.
I hold a merchant marine officer’s commission as a U.S. Coast Guard approved Captain for vessels up to 100 tons. When I am not working at school districts, I work in the sport fishing fleet off the California and Mexican Coasts.
My other interests are adventure travel, writing, road and mountain biking, fishing, SCUBA and freediving, kayaking, and most importantly, motorcycles. I love riding my BMW R 1200 GSA on and off-road. Both Tammy and I ride our adventure bikes anywhere we can camp and explore. I’m happiest on two wheels–in fact I just think better when riding a mt. bike or moto.
Upon finishing my graduate studies, I landed a position as a research assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Washoe Project which focused on teaching ASL to chimpanzees. I worked mainly as the language consultant in this project and spent most of my days in the company of chimpanzees.
It was extremely challenging work and I continued with it until I was approached by a CBS production company to join them as a technical advisor and animal trainer.
I eventually built one of the largest studio animal compounds in Hollywood. It housed over 300 animals on 38 acres in the Santa Ana River bottom near Norco, CA.
I trained Clyde the orangutan in the Clint Eastwood movie “Any Which Way You Can”. I worked with Harrison Ford in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and went to Brazil to train the jaguars in John Boorman’s “The Emerald Forest”.
My craft took me all over the world to various film locations. I am not sure how many shows I worked on in my career but it must have been over a hundred productions ranging from features to television commercials.
I appeared on most of the talk shows of the day including “Late Night with David Letterman.” I am a recipient of the coveted PATSY Award, given by the American Humane Society for my work as a chimp trainer on the Television Series, “Simon and Simon.”
Also, I am a writer. My new novel, Almost Human, will be released in the Spring 2015.
I have traveled extensively all over the world not just as a tourist but where I had to fit in and make a living. My graduate studies in anthropology helped me considerably to act as a participant-observer. I learned that knowing the culture of an area is every bit as important as as knowing the language.
I take this knowledge and attitude when adventure motorcycling around the world.