I was born in northern Wisconsin, lived in various towns in that state and finally in South Milwaukee. Went to Univ. of Wisconsin, Whitewater; and then to Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison where I got my PhD in economics. Taught at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. Then moved to Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wa. From there I moved to and taught at the University of the Americas in Cholula, Mx. After that, I did a semester at the Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison and then left for New Zealand again where I worked for the Dept. of Statistics in Christchurch. I then moved to Portland, Or where I got a job with the local gas company doing rate work. I also taught at Portland Community College, where I taught part time until 2006. While in Portland, I met my current wife, Marianne Barisonek. We lived in Portland until 2012 when we moved to Grass Valley California. I have two children from a previous marriage, a son Alex, and daughter, Lotus, both of whom live in Christchurch NZ. Alex has a PhD in Philosophy, and Lotus is working for the NZ government and pursuing her Masters degree.