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I have been teaching all my adult life, beginning actually in college when I was teaching skiing and climbing at the University of Denver. My parents and grandparents were teachers; pedagogy is in my DNA. My first real teaching job was on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation where I taught English. My second teaching assignment was at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington where I taught history and photography and coached wrestling, softball and tennis. I was also in charge of the winter outdoor studies program. Teaching at Charles Wright was a very satisfying time of my life with many happy memories and lasting friendships. I left Charles Wright to go back to graduate school to study photography. I was an assistant at several Ansel Adams workshops in Yosemite and got an MFA in photography working with Jerry Uelsmann in Gainesville, Florida. My photography has taken me to Central and South America many times and Europe and Israel. I have climbed in Alaska, ridden my bicycle through Central America and across the Darien jungle into South America and I have played in dozens of ping pong tournaments and judo tournaments. In ping pong I trained with LIlly Yip, United States national champion and in judo I trained with Dave Starbrook, former Olympian of Great Britain. In college, my main wrestling coach was Joe Scandura at Syracuse University. I have taught English in Nicaragua and been a mountaineering guide, a back country ranger, driven trucks, built houses, poured concrete, delivered messages, sold camping gear at REI and shown my photographs in New York, San Francisco and Europe. I have taught photography at the San Francisco Academy of Art College, Solano College and Saint Rose College. I have written a small book about how to learn to play chess and another book about how to go about learning to play pool. I have two beautiful daughters who live in New York and both are artists. I live in Ballard with my girlfriend who is a professional painter. I still write, photograph, ride my bike and practice pool every day.
My first experience with chess was with my father who taught me how the pieces move by a novel game he called "Giveaway Chess" in which the idea was to get rid of one's pieces as quickly as possible. The games go fast and one does learn how the pieces move but I suspect it left me with a life-long tendency to resign prematurely. I began the serious study of chess in middle-age buying every chess book I could afford and memorizing the standard openings. My girlfriend and I enjoyed studying chess for years and never went anywhere without a pocket set to play quick games while waiting for meals while traveling. We both taught chess to our students at Deep Springs College where we were teaching. One year in Italy we went to a local chess club every week just to study the end game from Dvoretsky's inscrutable tome. My skills are more attuned to Pandolfini's very manageable endgame book. At the Capablanca Chess Club in Havana, Cuba I was laughed at for being a dilettante because I did not play ten hours a day. I even had the audacity to write a little book myself about how, and whether or not, to go about learning how to play chess. I prefer Queen pawn openings which morph into Colle's, Torre's and Stonewalls. As Black, I am comfortable with the Modern Defense.
I was a personal friend of Ansel Adams and worked at several of his workshops in Yosemite and I earned my MFA working with Jerry Uelsmann at the University of Florida. I have shown my work in Europe, New York and San Francisco.
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