On a personal note, my life revolves around family, skiing, and life on the lake. When not on campus, you can find me either at home in Portage or at the family cabin. My wife Margaret and I have five kids ... Thomas is still at home and is a junior at Portage High School while his older siblings are out-and-about. William works as a Civil Engineer for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Pierre, SD. In August, Ellie just finished her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the West African country of Liberia and will be home soon. Joe graduated in December from the UW-Madison economics program and is on the job market. John is a junior at UW-LaCrosse majoring in Physics. As for Margaret and me, we are working hard at aging gracefully. Margaret spends her time as a copy-editor, substitute teacher, stained glass artist, social worker, and gardener. In the winter, my passion turns to downhill skiing.
From our family to yours ... here is our end of the year 2013 photo update.
My past practical experience is highly varied. Early formative years were spent as a radio broadcaster, cab driver, and pizza cook in Minnesota and a lift-operator/ski bum in Utah. After marrying Margaret and finding some direction, I finished my undergraduate degree and worked for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in Idaho and South Dakota. Before Ferdinand Marcos was deposed, Margaret and I served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of the Philippines for a couple of years. Subsequently, I've worked in Extension positions in Minnesota and Oklahoma before finally ending up, now in my 21st year as a Badger fan, ON Wisconsin.