I was born in Newark New Jersey on November 19, 1947. I lived with my parents and two older sisters in Roselle Park, New Jersey, until we moved to Short Hills in Millburn Township, New Jersey, when I was four. I graduated from Millburn High School in 1965 and received a BFA from Pratt Institute in Advertising Design and Visual Communications in 1969.
I was drafted that December. After basic and advanced training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, I was sent to Vietnam in July of 1970. I spent one year in Vietnam with the 1/506 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, as a radio operator. Our main base was Camp Evans, located between Hue and Quang Tri in I Corps. I spent a good part of my tour working in the Tactical Operations Centers on Fire Support Bases, usually in the mountains to the west. I was occasionally in the field on radio relays and mortar raids. I returned home in July 1971, after my one-year tour and received an honorable discharge.
After spending part of the summer with my parents, I moved in with friends in Brooklyn. That fall I flew to Rome, Italy, and began a ten-month trip travelling from place to place sketching, making friends, and learning about different cultures. Besides Italy, I visited France, Switzerland, Portugal, and Spain, where I spent most of my time.
I returned to New York where I began working as a free-lance illustrator and graphic designer. I found full-time work on a magazine as an art assistant for Bartell Media Corp. and then as an art director for McGraw-Hill. In 1977 I returned to working for myself as a graphic design consultant and illustrator.
I married Gail Hirsch in 1978 and we moved to the Upper West Side in Manhattan, where we continue to live. I took a full-time job as a graphic designer with Con Edison, the local power utility, shortly after our oldest son, Joe, was born. I retired in November 2012 after 31 years.
Our oldest son, Joe, is a cinematographer, married with a family, and living in Brooklyn. Jacob, our second son, is a poet, living and working in Chicago.
I’ve spent time volunteering with the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Association helping with the annual Memorial Day ceremony held at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Manhattan. The association has also been working on raising funds to restore the monument. Since retirement, I’ve returned to coaching in our local boys basketball league and especially enjoy assisting Gail with babysitting for Joe and our daughter-in-law, Liz.