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I live with my wife, Tammy, in a house I built mostly by myself in the San Bernardino Mountain community of Running Springs, CA
Additionally, we have home in Baja, Mexico. It is about 400 hundred miles south of the border, nestled 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 I keep busy as an educational consultant specializing in helping school districts make transformational change. Also, I write novels; Almost Human was released in 2015 and its sequel, Becoming Human in 2018. More about my books and articles can found at the following link: My Books.
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 Baja Coasts.
My other interests are adventure travel, writing, editing, road and mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, and most importantly, riding motorcycles. I love riding my BMW R 1200 GSA, BMW F 650 GS, BMW F 850 GS and Russian Ural motorcycle with a sidecar on- and off-road. 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 American Sign Language (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, the Wild Animal Training Center. It housed over 500 animals on 1,500 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 on 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 100 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.
I am a writer who believes you must live a life worth writing about. I try I to that on my adventures—hence, the reason for this website and blog.
The life I led as an animal researcher and trainer inspired me to write two novels: Almost Human and Becoming Human. I’m working on my third (between motorcycle rides), More Than Human which will complete the series I’m titling Almost Human.
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.