In 2001, I set aside my 20 years of technical and entrepreneurial management and moved to Montana to focus on my writing and purchase Red Lodge Books. I still do some consulting and expert witness work in the field of closed captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, a field in which I hold a patent and several awards.
My experience as an engineer from the highest level user interface design and specification to the lowest level chip design and operating system coding provides a broad base for writing on technical issues. My list of publications includes 23 books and technical manuals, and hundreds of articles for magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and Web sites. I also have extensive Web design experience using direct HTML, Perl, PHP, MySQL, and CSS coding (no WYSIWYG editors for me).
I have a teaching credential (now expired) in computer and related technologies, and have taught at three colleges. I have also put on seminars for over 20 different organizations.
Currently, my bookstore keeps me pretty busy, but I still have some time for local nonprofits. I'm chairman of the board of trustees at Beartooth Elks Lodge #534. I also served six years as Scottish Director of the Festival of Nations (and two years as president) and served on other boards, including the Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce and the Beartooth Nature Center.
I also emcee most Scottish events in the area, including the Yellowstone Scottish Highland Games and our annual Robert Burns supper.