A graduate of the University of Arizona, he holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with honors. He was an editor for The Tombstone Epitaph, and owner/editor, reporter and photographer for The Casas Adobes Courier in Tucson.
A resident of Arizona living in the Florence area since 1975, he was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and grew up in Wahpeton, No. Dak.
As a professional aviator, he has more than 14,000 hours flight time in fixed-wing airplane types ranging from Piper J-3s to Douglas DC-3s, and a variety of turbo-prop aircraft. His flight experience includes research and development flying for geophysical surveys, parachute testing, military and civilian skydiving and parachute training, and television and movie work.