I like to call myself an eclectic entrepreneur because my career path has taken me from Linotype to terabyte. I may have been stupid or brave or both because I was a very early adopter of technology, often the on the "bleeding edge."
As a young child I enjoyed taking apart a large U.S. Army tank radio my father bought for me to play with. Then, around 1958 or so I wanted a Citizen's Band radio and my father dutifully bought one after a long wait just to find one that was affordable-- a used "Heathkit Lunchbox" transceiver that had a tunable receiver and a transmitter that required a crystal for each channel.
I eventually learned how to drive and bought a police band converter for the car's AM radio. That, coupled with a fascination with photography led me to photojournalism, freelancing for the New Haven Register in Connecticut during my high school years. I graduated in 1970 and after one semester at the School of Visual Arts in New York City sought a summer job at the paper. I learned that only cub reporters were hired as interns.
I rode a bus uptown one morning and approached a journalism professor at Columbia University asking him if I could sit in on his reporting 101 class. He was amazed that someone actually wanted to take his course because the basic class, for some reason, was dreaded by freshmen. On the strength of a few classes there I was hired by Murray Farber who had the same instructor when he (legally) attended Columbia's J-School.
Fast forward to my work at the Danbury News-Times. That Connecticut paper, unlike the Register, had dumped Linotype in favor of "cold type" (photo-typesetting). That technological innovation during the early to mid 1970s enable the paper to run picture papers at lower cost than a comparable page of articles that had to be written, edited, proofed and typeset. We also ran color photos at least once or twice a week.
My photojournalism career took a distinctly different turn when my talents turned to surveillance photography for a private detective while I was living in Atlanta. Eventually I obtained a Private Investigator license in Georgia.
I was a life-long aviation buff so with the extra earnings I received working for the News-Times I finally got to take flying lessons. During 1977 that led me to a three-year love affair working as the Public Information officer for the Dade County Aviation Department, operator of Miami International and five other South Florida airports. I was eager to do more but a static personnel situation meant that I could not move up so I moved out.
Again, fast forward to 1982 when I purchased my first "microcomputer," a Radio Shack TRS-80 aka "trash-80." Shortly after I purchased a modem, no small expense then, and entered the world of online data. To make an already too long story shorter, as the years went by I progressed along with, maybe too early at times, the latest technological development.
Before the general public was introduced to the World Wide Web innovation in the early 1990s I had been exploring Internet during the late 1980s while I did some adjunct teaching at a local community college. Jumping ahead to the present, I can look back on nearly 20 years of seminars, workshops and webinars teaching advanced Internet tools, techniques, concepts and methods to detectives and private investigators, along with many other types of professionals. All of that was supplemented by publishing electronic information products, first on diskette, then CD-ROM, DVDs and now Blu-ray disks and downloads.
Now I'm exhibiting past and present photographic work and pursuing documentary video projects.