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The son of Ukrainian immigrants, I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1950. My family moved to Cañon City, Colorado in 1957, and I graduated from Cañon City High School in 1968.
A University of Colorado graduate in news-editorial journalism, I worked as a public information aide for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) while earning my degree.
I started my newspaper career as a sports editor for Sentinel Newspapers in Denver and moved to general assignment reporting. I became senior editor of the four newspapers in Adams County. I also wrote freelance music articles for several national publications.
In 1984, I joined Lockheed Martin (then Martin Marietta) as a technical editor. I worked on numerous new-business proposals for the Department of Defense (DOD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). I retired in 2011 from my post as manager of the Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Company Editorial and Graphics department in Denver.
During my life, I also worked as a groundskeeper, janitor, road crew worker, survey crew assistant, busboy, waiter, houseboy, and taxi driver.
I'm a serious music fan (my iPod contains more than 25,000 songs), and I enjoy comedy and science fiction. And, of course, there's the writing.
I now live in northern Florida.