I grew up on the far south-east side of Chicago in the sixties and seventies. It was then the booming, smoky center of steel mill country where my dad sweated out a good living that allowed him and my mother to raise six rambunctious kids in relative comfort. Following a Jesuit education (St. Ignatius College Prep, Loyola University of Chicago) I received a degree in chemistry and went to work in the industrial world. For the first part of my career, I was a stack tester, a demanding job that involves climbing industrial smokestacks to measure air pollution emissions. It taught me the value of hard, physical work, something that everyone should experience at some point in their lives.
My career morphed into environmental consulting, on the industrial side of things, which has earned me a nice living for the past twenty years. All modesty aside, I am recognized as one of the nation’s leading air quality experts. I’ve testified before the US House Committee on Energy and the Environment on two occasions and I’ve written a three books on the subject: The Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Handbook, McGraw-Hill, 2002; and Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry, Encounter, 2011; and How the EPA's Green Tyranny is Stifling America, Encounter, 2011.
At the same time, I’ve been a writer all my life too. My work has appeared on a variety of websites like Breitbart, Townhall and others. I’ve also written a weekly column for Examiner Publications, a suburban chain in the western Chicago suburbs, entitled A View from the Cheap Seats.
American history and American politics have been two of my favorite subjects throughout my life. America’s Journey is the culmination of a lifetime’s dream: a narrative presentation of American history, exploring the broad themes that brought us to the present day, with illustrative vignettes tossed in to add a bit of spice to the stew. It has been a labor of love.
I have a daughter and three step-sons. My wife Cheryl and I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.