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I was born on the South Side of Chicago in 1948. I attended the Chicago Public Schools in the Woodlawn, Hyde Park and South Shore neighborhoods on the South Side. I started college at Southeast College, a branch of Chicago City College now known as Olive-Harvey College. in 1967. I transferred to four-year college in 1968 and in 1974 received my B.A. in history from Roosevelt University in Chicago. I have yet to earn a graduate degree although the idea still is on the table. From the mid-1970s through 1990, I took numerous courses in public colleges in California in natural science and journalism. In the early 2000s, I took upper division and graduate credit courses in literature at Stanislaus State University in Turlock, California.
During my career, I worked for six years as a general assignment and sports reporter for several newspapers in the Central Valley of California. During that time, I also had the opportunity to publish a number of editorial columns for two of the newspapers I worked for. I also have worked in commercial publishing and fund raising.