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Height:  5'11 Weight:  175 lbs. Alumni Status:  Class of 1995
Location:  Hood River, OR Favorite Baseball Team:  soccer is spelled wrong: Portland Timbers
Natural Enemies:  strip mall suburbia

Athletic Ability: Aging gracefully into stand up paddle boarding and climbing the 417 stairs up the cliffside in town on my walk home from work each day.

Sartorial Style: As an engineer, I need to be graded on the curve.

Favorite Beverage and Consumption Freq: Cold, bruised Monopolowa dry gin.

Political Philosophy: Liberal. A good idea will persist because it is still a good idea. You should not have to expend effort conserving a good idea.

"The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

"Each generation of Americans has a rendezvous with a different reality. The answers of one generation become the questions of the next generation." Ted Kennedy

Religious Philosophy: I believe in the detachment of Buddhism and I believe in having a big party with bonfires every six weeks like the pagan Celts. The two thoughts are combined nicely in the Potlatch traditions of the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest.

Musical Favorites: I've turned exclusively to our local music scene: Tony Smiley, Mosely Wotta, McDougall, Mbrascatu, Amit Erez and The Secret Sea

Favorite Quote from an ND Coach: "Oh lads, get over the ball and run it again." Leahy

Miscellaneous Data: I have 5 kids.

I grew up in Archie Bunker's Queens, New York.

I used to drive a 16,000 ton submarine for a living. I've slept beneath both oceans and operated a nuclear power plant. I've crawled around inside a nuclear weapon and held 'the trigger'. I believe in Mutually Assured Destruction and have a positive attitude toward nuclear weapons.

I nearly killed a business deal with a British company by offering them my favorite micro-brew called IRA. They went on about it.

I used to think I loved football, but it turns out I love the style of certain football coaches like Bill Parcells and Lou Holtz. I played football in High School for the coach with the most wins in New York State history. He used Frank Leahy's offense and Bear Bryant's defense, so I know those things. Since nobody plays that way anymore, I stopped watching football after 30 years. Now I prefer soccer, rugby union, the Tour de France and The America's Cup.

The first soccer play that I can remember seeing in real time was Patrick Battiston getting knocked out by Harald Schumacher in the 1982 World Cup semi-final. My dad was finishing our hardwood floors and plopped me in front of the TV to keep me out of the way. I was hooked and have watched nearly every minute of every World Cup since. I can still hear the sound of Andres Cantor calling out the name of Argentina's winger Jorge Burruchaga while watching the 1986 World Cup on Univision. I think Zidane's headbutt and red card stroll past the World Cup trophy is the greatest ending to a career in sports history.

George H. W. Bush (#41) is my favorite president of my lifetime. James K Polk is my favorite president.

"You're so occupied with what other persons are occupied with, and vice versa, that you've become, what you thought was dumb, a fraction of the sum." - Built to Spill