I grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota in the ’50s and ’60s.
I had a normal childhood of sports and mischief.
I loved adventures.
I began to smoke cigarettes in middle school.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1968 with a degree in Sociology/Criminology.
I worked my way through college at the Star Tribune newspaper.
I began to drink in my sophomore year in college. I liked to drink beer.
I married after my freshman year and had a daughter in 1966.
I was so scared of being married, working, and going to school full-time that I got almost all A’s and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
I was an agent in the U.S. Secret Service for three years.
I worked a year in Minneapolis and two years chasing counterfeiters in Chicago.
I worked with a great group of men in Chicago.
I worked in the White House protecting President Richard Nixon.
I traveled around the world with Nixon in 1969.
I tried my hand at carpentry after the Secret Service. I sucked.
I went to treatment for alcoholism and addiction to Valium in 1974.
I’ve been sober since treatment.
I got a job at the Star Tribune newspaper and spent almost 18 years there.
I quit smoking in about 1981.
I had nine promotions and much success at the stodgy newspaper.
From 1990-1993, I led a massive change effort that changed my life.
I left the newspaper industry and completed a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change.
I began to write.
I love to write.
I made a living consulting to organizations and people.
I got divorced after 35 years of marriage.
I lived on the side of a mountain in Colorado for 14 months.
I moved to Moorhead, Minnesota in 2002.
I fell in love with Melanie. We married in 2003.
I consulted for 13 years and retired from that work in 2005.
Sausage, Pepperoni, Onions, & Green Olives.
We got flooded out of our home along the Red River in 2009. We moved to Minneapolis, MN
I wrote two e-books: Learning to Live: Essays on Life and Leadership & Value Driven Leadership: A Story of Personal and Organizational Transformation available at Amazon.com
I walk almost five miles a day, every day.
Melanie and I have six children ranging in age from 26-54.
We have 11 grandchildren ranging in age from brand new to 26 years old.
I love solitude; Melanie loves being with people.
We find our balance.
I think the world is in a time of madness.
I take a lot of photos of nature and love to be outside.
Oxbow Bend in Grand Tetons National Park is my favorite spot to take a photo.