I was born in Evanston, Il., and grew up in Arlington Hts. I graduated from Arlington High School in 1968. I received a B.A. from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, in 1972. I received an M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois in 1973. I taught English and Speech, including creative writing, at John Hersey High School in Arlington Hts. for thirty-two years. I am currently teaching Speech at Harper College in Palatine. I have been married to my wife Joani for thirty-three years. I have two married children (Matt, who is married to Becki, and Joy, who is married to Stephen). Matt and Becki have recently blessed us with our 1st two grandchildren, identical twin boys named Luke and Ryan.