After attending journalism school at the University of Denver (BA in History, 1975), I spent 10 years as a magazine editor dealing with national publication start-ups in the real estate, cable, satellite TV and entertainment fields. I was also editor-in-chief of five in-flight magazines.
From 1990 to the 2002, I was a freelance travel writer and wrote nearly 150 different articles for magazines and newspapers (see details below).
From 2002 until January 2008, I worked for AAA Colorado. I was hired as editor and supervisor of advertising for its magazine, EnCompass, the largest circulation magazine in the state (330,000). After I turned around the magazine financially, I was made Director of Communications and put in charge of the magazine, the website, all public relations, public affairs and traffic safety. I supervised 10 employees, a lobbying firm, and million-dollar-plus budgets.
From 2008 to the present: I left AAA Colorado to spend more time with my wife, who has a rare form of terminal cancer. In February 2009 I was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer and spent the year in pretty horrendous treatments and recuperation. In 2012, with me still being cancer free and my wife still healthy, I decided to research and write about one of my history passions -- World War I's Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB), which became the largest food relief program the world had ever seen. Run by a small group of Americans, the CRB is little-known today. It has become my life's work to change that.
Books: In 1983, after spending seven years researching and writing part time, my history book on Stapleton Airport was published by Pruett Publishing. That same year, I started research for a WWI novel, Honor Bound, taking two years to write it (1986-1988). In 1997 I wrote a 200-page text on contemporary Denver, and began rewriting Honor Bound. In 1999 I came up with an idea for a men's health book and found a co-author and NYC agent. After two years of research and writing, the book, Facing Your Fifties: Everyman's Reference to Mid-life Health, was published by NYC publisher, M. Evans. It was the first book of its kind and Publisher's Weekly included it as one of only three health books in its Best Books of 2002. As mentioned above, in 2012, I decided to write about the CRB. See the Books section below for what I've done.
Personally: In 1993, and then again in 2000, I lived in Australia as part of my wife's two teacher exchange years. In 1993 we lived in Coffs Harbour (between Sydney and Brisbane) and in 2000 we lived in Melbourne.
4. Facing Your Fifties: Everyman's Reference to Mid-life Health, M. Evans & Co., NYC, 2002
5. Stapleton International Airport: The First Fifty Years, a hardbound, coffee-table history book. Pruett Publishing,
Boulder, CO 1983.
Complete but unpublished
1. Denver: Crossroads To Tomorrow, a 200-page manuscript on contemporary Denver, from
attractions to health care, arts & culture to economic development.
2. Honor Bound -- WWI historical novel. Three years research. Two years full-time writing.
Completed in 1988. 850 pages. Currently being rewritten.
2. In Search of Home -- WWII/contemporary intrigue novel.
3. Lassiter's Reef -- Travel writer solves murders related to Australian historical mystery. Series
My travel articles have appeared in more than 30 different magazines,
including Country Living, Travel & Leisure, Better Homes & Gardens,
Islands, Westways, The Robb Report, and the in-flights for British
Airways, U.S. Air, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Continental and Delta.
My articles and photographs have appeared in 100 different American, Canadian and Australian newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Dallas Morning News, Arizona Republic, Toronto Star, and Denver Post.
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What I Guarantee
I will do extensive research before a trip so that my time and efforts are maximized. I’ll conduct myself
professionally throughout a trip. For at least two years after the trip, I will actively and aggressively market the
stories I generate to my extensive list of domestic and international newspapers and magazines. My past
performance is a strong indicator of my future production.
What I Like From Destinations
If On A Press Trip: A mix of other journalists who aren’t all writing and selling to the same markets as I am. Time
flexibility to pursue individual story ideas away from the group. Adequate “down time” (not just an hour between
the end of a tour and the start of a dinner) to write up notes and/or wind down. Less quantity in the schedule and
more in depth experiences that will make for stronger stories. If On My Own: Research support, development of
story angles, aid in securing critical interviews, and help in finding ways of incorporating infrastructures (most
notably hotels) into legitimate articles.
A 10-day self-guided trip to England: Three articles, 25 clips, 6,518,000 readers.
An 18-day self-guided cruise in the Mediterranean: Four articles, 29 clips, 9,484,000 readers.
A three-week press trip to Australia: Six articles, 37 clips, 10,068,000 readers.
A seven-day self-guided trip to Mexico: One article, 11 clips, 2,241,000 readers.
A self-guided trip to Florida to swim with manatees: One article, 11 clips, 3,264,000 readers.
A press trip to California’s Mendocino Coast: One article, 9 clips, 3,344,000 readers.
The following PR people have graciously allowed me to use their names as references on how I work and how I
produce: Rich Grant, Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Dick Griffith, Griffith/Steadman &
The West -- Colorado; Flaming Gorge, Utah; San Francisco; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Prescott; California's Menodinco Coast.
The Pacific Northwest -- Seattle; Olympic Peninsula; San Juan Islands; Portland; the Empire Builder train; the
The Middle Atlantic -- New Jersey; Philadelphia.
The South -- Sarasota; Citrus County, FL; Vicksburg; Padre Island; San Antonio.
Hawaii -- Islands of Maui, Oahu, Kauai.
Australia -- Every state, major city and most other spots. (I've traveled there extensively as well as lived there for all of 1993 and 2000.)
New Zealand -- Both islands, every city and most other spots.
French Polynesia -- Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora.
Guam Island, Hong Kong & Singapore
British Isles -- London; Bath; the Lake District; Yorkshire; York; Wales; southwest England.
France -- Paris; Canal du Midi.
Belgium -- Most cities and areas.
Italy -- Venice, Amalfi Coast, Rome, Florence, the Lake District and the Cinque Terra.
Spain -- Barcelona.
Canada -- Vancouver; Toronto; the train across Canada; Montreal; Quebec City; Yellowknife and Great Slave Lake, NWT.
Mexico -- All along the Yucatan Peninsula.
Caribbean -- Bahamas; St. Martin; Martinique; Aruba.
India -- Bombay; Calcutta; the southern coast and inland.
Cruises -- QE2 Atlantic crossing; Sydney-Auckland; numerous Caribbean itineraries; Windjammer & Princess cruises.
Colorado, Australia, trains, self-drive, off-beat, soft adventure and history. I'm a certified scuba diver and a good photographer.