Ralph Moore was born in Illinois and was raised in a state orphanage: the ISSCS, in Normal. He worked his way through college to a B.A. and M.A., was drafted into the army for a two-year stint in Germany, worked a number of years in city and regional planning in the U.S., and in Peru, and then returned to academic studies, earning a Ph.D. He taught a bit in the U.S. and then two years at several Mexican universities. He now devotes time to his own interests: reading and writing. Never got rich, but learned a lot — always aiming at higher and higher levels.