A life well spent!

(Well, at least some of it.)

  • 1970s
  • 1972
    I arrive on the scene.
  • 1980s
  • 1980
    My IQ is tested and I am placed in the gifted program at school.
  • 1983
    My Uncle tells my Mom and Dad, they should invest in a Commodore 64 personal computer.
  • 1984
    When asked, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' I respond, 'A Systems Analyst, like my Uncle.'
  • 1986
    I win the American Legion Scholastic Award.
  • 1988
    I teach myself how to juggle 3 balls.
  • 1990s
  • 1991
    I teach myself how to juggle 3 clubs.
  • 1992
    A friend teaches me how to edit the AUTOEXEC.BAT file on DOS machines, computers across campus begin displaying messages from me at startup.
  • 1993
    I receive rave reviews in the role of The Dentist in a local production of Little Shop of Horrors.
  • 1994
    I write a program to make a one line message appear on every machine in every computer lab at Indiana University of Pennsylvania simultaneously.
  • 1995
    First time a product label I design for a client appears in GNC stores.
  • 1996
    First time a web site I build for a client launches online. (Westinghouse QRMR)
  • 1997
    First time I am an adjunct computer class instructor at Westmoreland County Community College.
  • 1998
    First time I design for an international client. (Westron)
  • 1999
    I have the distinction of being the only outsider to partner with the Carnegie Mellon University VR Lab / Alice development team, led by Randy Pausch (for a project funded by the NIH, creating VR experiences that could be performed while in an fMRI unit).
  • 2000s
  • 2000
    I am the webmaster for 4 major market radio station web sites in Pittsburgh (KDKA, Y108, The Star 100.7 and B-94).
  • 2007
    First time I am hired to manage a department. (PMI: Multimedia Department)
  • 2008
    First time my 3D modelling/texturing/rigging/animating skills are showcased in a TV Commercial (Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Dinosaurs In Our Time)
    https://youtu.be/ecD4ewxvKWA
  • 2008
    First time I instruct a class at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute.
  • 2009
    First time I am asked to serve on the Pittsburgh Technical Institute's (PTI*) Advisory Board. *PTI is now PTC.
  • 2010s
  • 2010
    As Internet Applications Director, I manage the production of web sites, facebook games and rich media campaigns for 13 Cedar Fair amusement parks.
    https://youtu.be/dSTBcmrQ9v8
    https://youtu.be/ZxRB8BfOAYQ
  • 2011
    First time I solve a Rubik's cube (a lifelong goal).
  • 2011
    I develop a card game called 'fwap'.
  • 2012
    First time I do freelance design work for Microsoft.
  • 2014
    First time I create a web site for a Motion Picture.
    Bettie Page Reveals All!
  • 2014
    Headline as lead singer with my band "Your Sexy Cousins" at the Carnegie Music Festival in Pittsburgh.
  • 2015
    First time I work on a mobile app for a client.
  • 2016
    I build a mobile game played by an arena full of people during a period break at a hockey game.
  • 2020s
  • 2020
    Perform first stand-up act at open mic night at a comedy club.
  • 2021
    Release first indie videogame.
  • 2023
    Publish first book.
  • 2025
    Sell first screenplay.
  • 2027
    Release first album.