About Your Host

I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and have lived here all of my life although I have traveled a lot throughout the United States visiting at least 28 of our states. My parents are from a tiny farming town called Yeaman in Grayson County, Kentucky.  Although they moved to Louisville before I was born, the farm remained in the family until the 1980s. I spent many weekends enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside.

I have been happily married for 30 years to an extraordinary lady, Karen.

I have varied personal interests including, science, space, television and video production, photography, cars and auto racing, motorcycles, music, gardening, aircraft, wood crafts, knife collecting, guns (target shooting), GeoCaching and computers.

I have always been a car nut. I love hot rods and auto racing - NASCAR, drags, road racing, just about anything with wheels. My love of cars led me to spend 11 years of my life making my living as a mechanic. My enthusiasm for being a mechanic waned as "real cars" were replaced by the under-powered junk that Detroit cranks out now. I learned to drive sitting on my dad's lap (couldn't reach the pedals) on country roads at around 10 years old. By twelve or thirteen I could drive on my own. My family owned a farm in rural Kentucky and the surrounding country roads had little traffic and no cops so I could drive without fear of getting pulled over for driving without a license. I remember starting out in my dad's 1956 Ford.

In my teenage lead-foot days I drove a 1964 Ford Fairlane Sport 500 with a high-performance 289 V-8 that I built from the bare block. The final of several custom paint jobs was a indigo metal flake job with 30 coats of clear lacquer over the top. This car was a screamer..... and a cop magnet, which led me to sell it when I got tired of paying traffic tickets and high insurance premiums. Big mistake - I sure miss that car and would buy it back in a heartbeat. Since then, I have driven "transportation" - sensible, boring transportation. Some day I hope to recapture some vehicular excitement by building another street machine. Fairlane

I have always been a motorcycle enthusiast. I wouldn't say "biker" because that conjures images of a long-haired, tattooed, beer-bellied, bad-ass on a Harley. Nothing against those guys, many are really ordinary Joes with a love of bikes, but it simply isn't me. I'm just a straight-laced professional man who likes to ride. I've had a bike since I was old enough to get a license. 
My first bike was a
Suzuki 125 Enduro. A neat little street and trail bike. I got into off-road motocross style riding for a while. 
Next I bought a brand new
1975 Kawasaki KZ-400. A cool little street bike that I rode for over 25 years. It had a 8" extended front fork, king/queen seat, and custom handle bars that gave it a mini-chopper look.
Next came a
Yamaha 750 4-cylinder. This was the fastest accelerating bike that I have ever been on. The power was almost scary. Too bad the thing was terribly uncomfortable to ride.
Finally, I fulfilled my big bike dream when a I bought a new 2000
Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic V-twin (poor man's Harley). A beautiful street cruiser with enough "oomph" for over-the-road cruises. A really sweet bike that has the look, feel, and sound of a Harley at about half the price. I really like this bike and ride it regularly.

Been There - Done That (Middle-aged Reflections)
It's getting to the point in my life when I tend to look back at what I have done. All-in-all, it's been a good life. I have experienced most of the things that I wanted to. I had a good childhood provided by very good parents. I have a great wife who has been my partner in every conceivable way for over 25 years. 
I have worked as a sporting goods salesman, mechanic, butcher, fry cook, delivery driver, videographer, photographer, home remodeler, landscaper, computer programmer, and census bureau crew leader. In television, I have worked as a producer, director, cameraman, grip, production coordinator, engineer, satellite network manager and operations manager. I know - can't hold a job. Actually, I have worked continuously since I was about 14. I just have a wide range of interests. I love to learn new skills. It gives me a lot to fall back on.

I love to experience things. My greatest fear is for life to zoom by without my having experienced everything I can. I remember an old man from my childhood telling me "Do it now or you never will" when I spoke of something that I wanted to do. I took those words to heart and have tried to live by them. 

That leads me to some of my most memorable personal experiences:

  • I have jumped out of airplane at 3000 feet (brief but fun stint with skydiving)
  • I have ridden motorcycles on-road, off-road, and occasionally through the air
  • I have flown in hot air balloons, various jets, small planes, and helicopters
  • A fan of aviation, I have seen the Stealth Bomber, Stealth Fighter, the Blue Angels, the Red Barons, B-17 Bomber, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, and virtually every other historic and modern warbird  fly in exhibitions.
  • I have traveled through 32 of our United States from coast to coast, north to south, and visited Canada.
  • Been to the Indy 500
  • Been to he US Nationals Drag Races about ten times
  • Explored the Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown, the Battleship USS Wisconsin, and a submarine
  • Sailed Chesapeake Bay on the three-masted schooner "American Rover"
  • Rode in a NASCAR style race car at 160 MPH around Daytona International Speedway
  • Done a little street racing in my hot rod
  • Saw Evil Kneivel jump his motorcycle over 13 buses at Kings Island in Cincinnati
  • Gone white water rafting
  • Camped in the beautiful Red River Gorge in Kentucky
  • Rode a stream train over the highest railroad bridge in the US
  • Watched Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone National Park
  • Been aboard the steam boats, Belle Of Louisville, Delta Queen, and Mississippi Queen
  • Driven virtually everything from 18 wheelers to a Ferrari
  • Witnessed some of the biggest fireworks displays including "Thunder Over Louisville"
  • Been to the UK Wildcats "Midnight Madness"
  • Collected an impressive collection of knives
  • Stood atop Pikes Peak
  • Won numerous trophies racing radio controlled model race cars
  • Played paintball (survival games)
  • Enjoyed the treasure hunting adventure of GeoCaching
  • Dipped my toes in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
  • Been to concerts by  Sonny and Cher, ZZ Top, Frank Zappa, Dolly Parton, John Mellencamp, Crystal Gayle, Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Rivers, Hermans Hermits, Bo Diddley, Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, Harry Chapin, Peter Paul and Mary, and Elvis (to name a few)
  • Met Jack Welch, Lou Holtz, James Garner, Crystal Gayle, Ky Gov. Paul Patton, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Richard Petty, AJ Foyt , Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney and several other race car drivers, Harry Chapin, Eddie Sutton, Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Paul LeMatt
  • Witnessed the 1974 tornado that devastated Louisville
  • Learned the craft of custom knife making and the art of playing the bones from Gil Hibben
  • Been through my wife's nearly fatal brain hemorrhage in 1998 and the subsequent rehabilitation and recovery
  • Held my father's hand while he died in 1995
  • Buried my brother much too soon in 1996
  • Watched helplessly as Alzheimer's disease slowly consumed my mother and finally took her at the age of 90 in 2004.
  • Drove through the funnel of a F0 tornado on the ground in Louisville, KY April 22, 2005
  • Been a good uncle (I hope) to my niece Stephanie and Nephew Clint 
  • Found that true friendship survives the years and the miles
  • Drove through the funnel of a F0 tornado that literally dropped down right on top me in downtown Louisville, KY April 27, 2005
  • Went salmon fishing on the Kenai River in Alaska

I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, mostly by car. I have been up and down the east coast and across the US from coast to coast and north to south. So far, I have visited 31 states plus DC and Canada.

  • Alabama: Space Center in Huntsville, Talladega Super Speedway, International Motor Sports Hall Of Fame
  • Alaska: Anchorage, Sterling, Homer
  • Arizona: Phoenix
  • California: Hollywood, Venice Beach, Malibu, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe
  • Colorado: Denver, Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs
  • Florida: Virtually everywhere in Florida including the Everglades, NASA and Cape Kennedy, Key West, and Disney World
  • Georgia: Atlanta, Stone Mountain
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Indiana: Nearly everywhere
  • Iowa: Sioux Falls
  • Kansas:  Topeka, the great plains
  • Kentucky: Everywhere
  • Michigan: Detroit (The Ford Museum and Greenwich Village), the Upper Peninsula, Mackinaw Island, Cedarville
  • Minnesota: Minneapolis
  • Missouri: St Louis 
  • Montana: Yellowstone, Billings
  • New York: New York City, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, Long Island, Niagara Falls
  • Nevada:  Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Virginia City, Reno
  • North Carolina: Charlotte, Ashville
  • Nebraska: Omaha, Lincoln
  • Ohio: Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Dayton
  • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Erie
  • South Carolina: Charleston, Myrtle Beach
  • South Dakota: Devils Tower, Mt Rushmore, the Badlands, Sioux Falls
  • Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful, Casper, Cheyenne
  • Tennessee: Nashville, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Knoxville, the Great Smokey Mountains
  • Texas: Astrodome, NASA Mission Control, Galveston
  • Utah: Salt Lake City, Midvale, Brighton
  • Virginia: Norfolk, Virginia Beach
  • West Virginia
  • Washington DC: (Lincoln Memorial, Capitol Hill, Viet Nam Memorial, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Institution
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  • Canada: Toronto's (top of CN Tower), Sault St Marie

     
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