The following is based
on a true story.
I was born in New York City, raised there and on Long Island. At the age of sixteen and just graduated from high school, I lied my way into the Merchant Marine and shipped out on a tramp freighter bound for North Africa. A seminal experience, as the saying goes, which eventually provided the backdrop for The Coin of the Realm.
My seafaring itch scratched, I came home and embarked on what became a series of regrettable forays into several colleges—the regret was mutual, mine and the colleges’—then for a decade worked on-and-off as a musician, including a few years as a starving songwriter in Hollywood. Between gigs and recording spurts, I wrote news copy and advertising copy, and that experience led to an award-winning career as a senior executive in the cruise and travel industries, principally in San Francisco, Hawaii, and New York. Finally I got off the corporate merry-go-round and climbed aboard the consulting roller-coaster, which I'm still riding today. My wife Barbara and I make our home in northern Arizona.
In 2005, an overwhelming mystical experience brought about my conversion from Judaism to Catholicism. That story can be read here.