My family was working-class Jewish, Mom was a typist, Dad was "in sales". I grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, attended Stuyvesant High School and got a Math degree from Clarkson College (now Clarkson University), a small engineering colege in upstate — way upstate — New York. After spending four years near Washington D.C. (I arrived there with Jimmy Carter), I moved to the Bay Area at the end of 1980 (and I left with him). I lived in Berkeley for 24 years (the longest I ever had the same phone number), and moved to Alameda in 2004. My several careers include radio, Government, computers and telecommunications. I was a Contracting Officer for the Navy (with customers at NAS), worked for a Macintosh peripherals manufacturer located at the ShipWays, and was an IT guy for AT&T for 12 years. I also drove a taxi in New York City for 2½ years, read for blind students at U.C. Berkeley for awhile and spent some months as a driver and dispatcher for a call-girl service in Washington. I helped out as an editor and contributor during the early days of Mondo 2000 magazine (then High Frontiers) and have had essays published in magazines with a combined readership counted in the dozens. I currently live in a 1925 split-level bungalow in Old Town Alameda with my cat, Harvey.
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