June 5th 2008
et’s see if I can remember all my Navy Brat postings: Oakland, Washington DC, Turkey, Washington DC, Key West, Pacific Grove, Tokyo, South Bend (while Dad was on a spy ship and we couldn’t tag along), Yokosuka. I figured it out once — 20 schools between kindergarten and high school graduation. A wonderful experience that left me thinking a military career was not for me. Too bad.
I graduated with a degree in journalism from Indiana University and was a reporter for about a year before the cynicism of the profession drove me out, leading to the discovery that freelancing is a very good diet. Too good. Thanks to a couple great guys, I found my career in PR in 1976 and couldn’t be happier. For more on that, see the PR tab or visit my firm’s Web site.
The true definition of my life is this: Christian, husband of Incredible Wife, father of Incredible Daughters 1, 2 and 3.
The political definition is this: Despite being raised in a military family, I was raised in a liberal family, and gladly wore the mantle through my hippie and anti-war years when, yes, I drank the Kool Aid. I was also an environmentalist, actually the president of an environmental group in the mid-70s that fought (successfully, unfortunately) to stop a nuclear plant.
I held stubbornly to my liberal beliefs through Carter, despite the economic and foreign policy chaos he caused, but my liberalism was no match for the power of Reagan, so I’ve been happily conservative for more than 20 years. I’m still a conservationist, but having seen the environmental movement become a socialist litigation machine, I dropped that moniker in the 80s.
Two things got me into blogging: My long-time friend Hugh Hewitt, and seeing on Little Green Footballs Dan Rather’s copy of the supposed IBM Selectric-typed, pre-kerning Bush National Guard deferment letter morph without so much as a jiggle into a freshly typed, kerned Word version of the same.
You can always reach me at email2laer[@]yahoo[dot]com.
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