Adventures and Misadventures

My life has been one adventure after another.  I like it that way.  I’ve planned it that way.  My motto has always been, “never get yourself into trouble that you’re not smart enough to get yourself out of”.  Every once in...

The Great Barrier Reef

I learned to swim when I was four. When I was five I would watch a black and white television show called Sea Hunt, starring Lloyd Bridges as “Mike Nelson”. Bridges’ character was a civilian diver that was regularly contracted by the Navy to perform...

Learning to shoot like an expert

In 1982 I was working for Commonwealth Edison, the electric utility for northern Illinois. They sent me to Pennsylvania for eighteen months to work on my first major project: helping to build a nuclear control room simulator. My apartment had something new. Cable...

Carl Sagan – Champion of Science

Every child is born fascinated with the world around her or him. Everything is new, seen for the very first time. My parents exacerbated my curiosity by giving me a chemistry set when I was only six years old. A microscope a year later, tripled my curiosity about how...

Life could be a dream, Sweetheart!

(“Sh-Boom”, sometimes referred to as “Life Could Be a Dream”, a doo-wop song published in 1954) It is often said that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. I’ve been lucky...