I was born in Trenton, Michigan. I have lived beside a trout stream in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee for most of my life. I am a Union trained Sheetmetal Jouryman and AWS Certified Welding Educator and Inspector(CWE, CWI). I have been a Welding Instructor at UCHS in Erwin, TN since 1984. I have been married to my beautiful wife , Debbie, for 38 years and we have 2 children and 3 granddaughters. I have one Copyrighted "work in progress": "Facets of Educational Brilliance". My hobbies are: Outdoors, Amateur Radio(KS4NG, Extra Class), and writing; My church affiliation: Upper Rice Creek Missionary Baptist, Flag Pond, TN where I'm the Sunday School Director.