The boys that we’ve been raising are all grown up now. Jack is 23 and graduated from NYU (where he spent time in Paris and Abu Dhabi while he was a student) with a honors in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. He is working in TV and movies (and is listed in the credits of Infinity War. See his webpage. Eli is 21 and attending Beloit College in Wisconsin. He just finished up a semester in New Zealand. Eli has been creating world class digital art.
Watching the boys grow into accomplished young men is one of the essential joys of my life.
I was born on February 25th, 1966 in Miami, Florida. That makes me…old. I grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. I also lived in Rochester, New York (for six months) and Longview, Texas (for two years), before heading off to college. (We followed dad around when he was transferred.) As a result of his transfer-survival techniques, my dad became a big banana at Eastman Chemical Company. Dad is retired now and lives on Dewees Island in South Carolina. He thinks he is a pirate. Dad taught me hedonism, which I practice to this day.
My mom died of leukemia in 2003. It’s from her that I inherited my drive and ambition. This appears to be a curse that my oldest son Jack has inherited. Let’s hope it serves him well.
I have two brothers. Chris, the youngest, finished his Biology degree at Emory and moved to Washington, DC. Walt, one year younger than me, used to write TV for a living (CNN and Nick News for Kids). He now lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife Nora and two adorable kids. A few years ago, Walt won an Emmy for his work. One year he was beat out by Bill Nye the Science Guy (really).
My wife, Amy Barley, and I met at University of Virginia in the good old days. We have been living together since 1985, married since 1990, and raising Jack and Eli since they were born. Amy has a Masters degree in Public Environmental Policy (the International variety). She was an environmental specialist for an Indiana civil engineering company before she quit her career to adventure in Italy with me. She did most of the work raising our boys over the years, teaching at the small school they attended K-8.