I was primarily a factory working Teamster, although I have driven almost everything with wheels. That includes at least once driving a tractor-trailer down the narrow windy stretch of the I-190 near Buffalo's baseball stadium and hockey arena. Honestly I was terrified...
It might be fair to say I wrote my way out of the factory. The first college to hire me was intrigued by the 500 published poems noted on my resume. That interview was in 1998. There may have been a few poems more since then.
When I started this website, I never expected it to get much traffic. My life and career are scattered across the internet. I was just trying to create a central and enduring repository of some of the things I've done that would be easily accessible to old friends. Since then, two things have happened to surprise me. The first is that this site has built up a large traffic averaging over 230 unique visitors a week and over 1350 page views a week. I am amazed.
The second thing is that "About" page has become the top hit when my name is Googled. I had hoped the homepage of the site would become the top hit. When it was this page instead, I considered how to change the page to represent myself more clearly. After all, one friend jokingly asked if the photo at top was of my son.
Upon reflection I decided to simply add this afterword. After all, we are always the accumulation of our experiences, and those of us privileged to get as old as me accumulate a lot. The navigation bar at the top (or side in some smartphone views) leads to a lot of my experiences. Thanks for stopping in.