About Me

I was born within credible musket range of the Alamo in 1946.  I am a product (for better or worse) of  a parochial elementary education, the San Antonio secondary public schools, and various state colleges/universities for the under-graduate/post-graduate level.  Mostly, however, I tend to think of myself as largely self-taught in things that really matter.   I have been employed at various occupations during my life including: mental hospital attendant, zookeeper, infantry "grunt," preventive medicine specialist, postal clerk, and high school science teacher.

In the fall of 2001, I retired from that latter occupation after 25 years.  Of those 25 years, about 21 were thoroughly enjoyable; the first two and the last two were not.  Hence retirement.  I now have time for all those things that I did not before, including vanities such as this website. 

Anyone who labors through this collection of web pages will discern an infatuation with all things natural as the predominant theme, just as it is in my life.  I have been fortunate in that my absorption with natural history has tended to keep me out of trouble -- almost!

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                                            The author in Viet Nam, late 1968.  The little ape is a Crested Gibbon (Hylobates concolor), highly endangered, even then.

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The author canoeing down the Macal River, Cayo District, Belize, circa 1997.


This website is dedicated to Sara, my soul-mate for the last thirty-six years.  Non sum dignus !

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