I joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Harvard. (OK, not THE Harvard...it was actually Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson CT). I served for 15 years as an intelligence analyst and Korean linguist, ultimately leaving The Corps as a Gunnery Sergeant (Gunny) upon receiving a job offer from the National Security Agency. I spent the next 11 years working as an intelligence analyst, researcher, and reporter for both NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency, working against terrorism threats, counter-proliferation targets (preventing illegal sales and shipments of strategic weapons such as ballistic missiles and nuclear weapon components), and hostile military forces, ultimately managing a large intel team against Saddam Hussein's military forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. I left 'intel' behind and relocated to my hometown in Connecticut upon meeting and marrying my current wife in October 2006.
I am big into music and play the piano and guitar. I'm also not shy about participating in karaoke once I've had a few libations with my friends and family (many of whom have melodious voices). Spending time with friends and family is my favorite way to pass the time,
I am an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan and get quite animated watching my teams, altho not to the point where I get obnoxious (I hate that when I see/hear others get that way.)
I've been skydiving twice in my life and would love to make it a more active pastime one day (there is nothing quite like it!). I also enjoy doing home renovation projects. Before I die, I'd love to get my pilots license to fly helicopters (because it makes no sense to do this AFTER I die).
Through the years, I've developed a keen interest in Asian cultures through my studies of Korean and in ancient human history (a subject in which I doubt much of today's conventional wisdom. I'll be covering THAT in my next set of books).
Finally, one of our daughters suffers from Hydrocephalus (excessive production/inadequate drainage of cerebrospinal fluid, causing incapacitating headaches and other symptoms) so we actively support fundraising for the Hydrocephalus Foundation.