Adventure and learning have long been
driving forces in my life.
So, concerned that pedants at Los Angeles City College were
interfering with my schooling, in 1953 I went on the road.
An eighteen-year-old jazz
musician can get a serious
education in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
For the film industry I scored and conducted COME SPY WITH ME, wrote the vocal arrangements for THE WAY WEST, and contributed a song to SEBASTIAN. In 1967 I created, conducted and produced the songs and score for Herbert Brodkin's ABC-TV musical special THE HAPPENERS.
As music director/arranger/producer for The Serendipity Singers, The Bitter End Singers, and The Big Three featuring Mama Cass, I had singles in the Top 10, the Top 40, and two albums on the Top 100 charts for more than a year.
For eleven years I wrote and produced jingles for Madison Avenue: Ford, Pan Am, TWA, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Swiss Air. Somehow, I became typecast as a travel expert.
From 1978 until 1990 I owned and operated The Place, a jazz club in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hurricane Hugo and a near-fatal auto accident brought about a sudden shift in careers. Unable to play and the club blown away, I took up hiking.
My coast-to-coast trek took one year; Americans viewed me as a vagrant. The second leg took a mere two months; Britons treated me as royalty. Actually, much better than royalty: Everyone knows how they treat their royals.
Between jaunts I live in Columbus, Ohio, where I garden, cook, brew beer, make wine and write books. I share my life with two cats, Dexter and Sinister; a pugnacious Siamese piscis named Sushimi; a backyard full of songbirds, squirrels and possums; and with Cynthia, my loving, understanding and forgiving wife.
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