I graduated from Oak Grove High School in the Santa Teresa Valley of San Jose, California in 1976 as a State Champion public speaker with a 5 minute mile in cross country. After attending San Jose State University, where I had studied foreign languages I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. I served from 1979-1988. My service included 3 different Coast Guard cutters. I was a ship's navigator and foreign language translator for law enforcement foreign fisheries boardings. The languages which I used most frequently were Spanish, Portuguese, French and some Japanese. I also served as a suicide rescuer at Coast Guard Motor-lifeboat Station Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California; participating in 13 body retrievals and 3 survivor rescues. I take military service and patriotism very seriously and am a conservative voter. I relocated to Washington and transferred to the Coast Guard Buoy Tender Fir (WLM 212). In 1988, I was Honorably Discharged.
Classic rock, heavy metal, jazz and classical
Midnight Cowboy, Zorba the Greek, Top Gun, The Godfather
Tennis, cross Country, hiking and mountain climbing
Horsemanship, motorcycles, rifle and pistol target shooting, travel, photography