On a personal note, my life revolves around family, skiing, and life on the lake. When not on campus, you can find me either at home in Portage or at the family cabin. My wife Margaret and I have five kids ... Thomas is still at home while his older siblings are out-and-about. In October, William completed his two-years of national service as a civil engineer and Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Ellie left in early June for Peace Corps training; following an August swearing-in, she is serving for two years as an English teacher and Peace Corps Volunteer in the West African country of Liberia. Joe is a senior at the UW-Madison studying economics ... he also plays trombone with the UW-Marching Band and had a great third trip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena earlier this year. John started college this Fall at UW-LaCrosse. As for Margaret and me, we are working hard at aging gracefully. Margaret spends her time as a copy-editor, substitute teacher, stained glass artist, social worker, and gardener. In the winter, I volunteer as a National Ski Patroller at one of our local ski hills.
From our family to yours ... here is our new 2012 photo update.
A certified professional planner, my past practical experience is highly varied. Early formative years were spent as a radio broadcaster, cab driver, and pizza cook in Minnesota and a lift-operator/ski bum in Utah. After marrying Margaret and finding some direction, I finished my undergraduate degree and worked for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in Idaho and South Dakota. Before Ferdinand Marcos was deposed, Margaret and I served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of the Philippines for a couple of years. Subsequently, I've worked in Extension positions in Minnesota and Oklahoma before finally ending up, now in my 20th year as a Badger fan, ON Wisconsin.