"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." Winston Churchhill

I was once told by a college professor that if one didn't write or become written about, there would be no record of that person's existance.

This made me think of the extraordinary people that I have known who, using this criterion, would be ever forgotten by history.

So, I set out to write my own story. Then I got to work on those of others. There's only so much time to get all of our stories out there!

"No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read." David McCullough

I returned from Vietnam to attend college and study American History. I was eager to put my Vietnam experience into some historical context. 

Over time, I grew to appreciate the importance of the historical context of events and adapted this into my own writing. 

Loon: A Marine Story, is both about my service in the Marine Corps from 1966-1968 and the historical context that placed me there, going back to World War II and the advent of the Cold War.

My storywriting relies deeply on the historical context within which my subjects have lived. You can see examples of this in the Experience section of this site.


"There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good." Stephen Colbert

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