Grew up in Downers Grove, IL (Chicago suburb). Went to Denison University in Ohio. During the 70s I worked for the Florsheim Company, managing and opening stores in Chicago, Tampa, Dallas, and St Louis areas.
In the early 80s I married Pattie Martin (we met at Florsheim), moved to Minneapolis, started a family and transitioned to sales of information technology.
As our two boys grew up, we got involved in sports, and Boy Scouts. During the boys' high school years we hosted several exchange students (2 each from Sweden and Japan), which led to both sons' interest in visiting Japan and learning the language.
The interest in Japanese travel and culture led to my joining the board of directors of the Bloomington Sister City Organization
, which manages a cultural relationship with Izumi City, a suburb of Osaka.
Lately we've been focusing our attention on where (and how) to retire. At present (summer '13) we're thinking that we'll try living in different places around the globe until we find some place to settle long term.