I sang (1st and 2nd tenor) in choirs, chorales, and churches throughout my junior and high school years. Music is still important to me, but now I only sing in the congregation.
In junior high school, I shot films on my own Nikon super 8 camera, and hung out in the library so I could play with their video camera (naturally, we’re talking black and white reel to reel video recording).
Many pounds and decades ago, I ran cross-country in high school, a 3-mile race back then. We routinely ran 10 to 20 miles several days a week (with reps and hill runs the other days).
In high school, I was serious about photography (I had my own Nikon F2AS Photomic!), serving as the chief shooter and photo editor for both school paper and the yearbook. My oldest brother, Robert was the yearbook’s editor in chief in 1972, and became famous for a multipage anti-war photo essay.
I kept dabbling in video (and today it’s my business), shooting high school basketball games on this lovely system.
I spent a lot of time at rock concerts in the late ’70s, early ’80s because my sister was a Playboy centerfold, and was married (at the time) to the original drummer of KISS, Peter Criss. (I have chronic tinnitus as a result of not wearing protection … no snide remarks, please.)
I volunteered as the technical director for a Christian youth outreach group called “Crossroads” in Southern California, and co-produced daily big screen multimedia updates for a huge youth event at Estes Park in Colorado (read: I didn’t and still don’t, get enough sleep).
In the early ’80s, I started using three early computers: the original IBM PC, running MS-DOS, the KayPro II running CP/M, and the ClearLight MicroStar, a multi-image computer for producing multimedia shows.
In 1984, I was among the first to buy a Macintosh computer. A short time later, I received a beta copy of an application called Aldus PageMaker, and for me, and the rest of the world, publishing was forever changed. (Ten years later, I would work for Aldus Corporation and become a top technical evangelist for that category-defining desktop publishing product.)
In the early 1980s, I began using the Macintosh for videographic design, previsualization, and video editing. I supervised the postproduction of dozens of corporate videos using the world’s first digital video tools, QuantelPaintbox and Harry.
I’m traveling this summer to Montana, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park. Never been, can’t wait.
I am was a wine lover (no longer drinking alcohol), and have a (now empty) bottle of wine made and signed by, and autobiography written and signed by, the late Robert Mondavi, thanks to my friends at SplendidLight, with whom I’ve had the good fortune to know and work for over the years.