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A LITTLE ABOUT ME
  • Born and raised in "da Bronx," New York.
  • Was a child prodigy (or so mom tells me).
  • Was a superstar athlete (or so I AM STILL telling myself).
  • Started working in the coin-op vending industry (electro-mechanical and video games) when I was in 7th grade... and stayed on with Musical Moments, Inc. through college.
  • At The Bronx High School of Science, I programmed my first games on the school's tele-type computers! Fortran, Basic, Cobol! Yikes!
  • Was 1 of 25 students worldwide accepted into SUNY at Buffalo's Early Admission Program at the age of 16 (eventually getting my HS diploma while in college.)
  • Dual majored in Electrical Engineering and Creative Writing.
  • Following school, stayed in New York and spent another 5 years in the coin-op, arcade vending business running my own routes and circuit board mod and repair shop (MetroVending Repair Service)... until I was able to Escape with Kurt Russell and Adrianne Barbeau in 1984.
  • Hearing the call to "Go West, young man!" I sold a game I designed and programmed in 6502 assembly language for the Atari 800 called "Money Run 2000" to tiny company (with not a flight simulator to their credit) called, Microprose Software. At the time, Bill Stealey was selling his big hit "Floyd of The Jungle" out of a kitchen office, if I remember correctly.
  • In shopping my game around to publishers, I wound up getting more video game programming job offers, then publishing offers. (I remember being a little annoyed about that!) I took the one that landed me in sunny So Cal with a sports-only company called Gamestar, "We Bring Sports Alive!"
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  • Spent the next 15 or so years programming, designing, and producing computer software development. And another 10 or so overlapping years publishing and selling products and services through retail, mail order, direct to consumer, and business to business channels.
  • I estimate I have about 75 - 100 titles under my belt having been published in just about every country in the world (with electricity); and on almost 20 different gaming platforms.
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  • I migrated into development of real estate loan origination software while getting into real estate investing and loans during the boom years and stayed until it collapsed by 2008. Made my "modest killing" and got out.
  • Nowadays, I do some business consulting; investments into small startups; managing of my daughters' acting and modeling; writing, video and photography.
  • I remain extremely active with computers and most curently am reworking a game and story book design of mine featuring the graphics you see sprinkled through out this site. It's titled, "Slippery The Leprechaun."

More "Who Cares" Tidbits

  • In 1981, a book called, "THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK: A Guide To New York's Most Eligible Men" was published. It feature such notibles as legendary composer Sammy Cahn, some NY sports stars, NY newscasters and... drum roll please… me!
  • I lived in London, England for over a year following my stint with Gamestar in California, but have been back in Southern California for about 25 years now.
  • I have been accused of being a lawyer more then a few times over the years! …as I have often negotiated, written and/or managed my own employment, employees, and third party development, licensing and publishing contracts. It is both an insult and a complement… I think. Ok maybe just an insult.
  • Was NHL hockey legend, Gordie Howe's agent for the gaming industry for a spell. Who cares? I did. It was a great priviledge and childhood dream-come-true to spend some time with him, his amazing wife and manager Colleen, and his sons - also great NHL players.
  • Since one never knows when a pro scout will recruit you to join the big leagues (any league will do… no really… even a ping pong league… if one exists) I exercise more now then when I ran track in high school! I generally put in 50 -100 combined miles a week with road biking and hiking. So if you are local and want to ride or hike with me on one of my routes - contact me on my profile at MapMyRide!