I was raised in Indiana and attended Purdue University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in US History. I later relocated to the Washington DC area in 1989 and have lived here ever since.
Over the past thirty-plus years, I have been privy to many of Washington DC's cultural landmarks and unique sites. For six years, I worked on Capitol Hill for my hometown Congressman and learned many of the Capitol building's hidden and rare elements. Other highlights of my early career include attending two State of the Union addresses and a highly coveted Capitol dome tour.
Since then, I have worked as an Information Technology consultant to various government agencies.
At an early age, I became a Disney geek, in the most affectionate of terms. A family trip to Disneyland in 1974 and multiple trips to Walt Disney World beginning in 1979 helped seal the deal.
The weekly anthology television shows every Sunday night, The Wonderful World of Disney, further amplified my early fascination with all facets of Disney.
Repeat trips to Orlando led me to inquire more about how the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and the entire Walt Disney World resort came to be. I focused my research on the stories behind the construction of the parks and the Imagineers involved. Curiosity led me to learn more about Walt himself, attraction history, the animation process, and Disney's foray into live-action films and television.
I write for Celebrations, a quarterly Disney fan magazine, where I focus on Disney Legends. These are the men and women who have made significant contributions to The Walt Disney Company, one of the most coveted and respected global brands.
My first long-form book is Walt Goes to Washington: Finding Disney in DC, an in-depth showcase of all the ties between Walt Disney, his company and the Washington DC area, published by Theme Park Press.