Education: MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College, grad study in economics at the London School of Economics, B.S. in Political Science and Journalism from Ball State University.
I look for the story behind the story, especially in people and events overlooked or pushed aside in life's hurly-burly.
My articles have been published in more than 100 publications, including the Washington Post, USA Today, Humanities Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. Several features have turned into books and one became a documentary.
My latest book is the upcoming revised and updated Second Edition of Hearts of Lions: The History of American Bicycle Racing, scheduled for release in May 2020 from the University of Nebraska Press. It builds on my 1988 edition published by W.W. Norton in recounting the phenomenal popularity and development of bicycle racing in the United States, explains why its popularity faded, and profiles major men and women cyclists over 140 years against a backdrop of economic booms and busts, two world wars, technology transformations, and opening the Olympics to professionals.
I also published The Fast Times of Albert Champion: From Record-Setting Racer to Dashing Tycoon, An Untold Story of Speed, Success, and Betrayal (Prometheus Books), about the flamboyant man from Paris behind the name Champion Spark Plug and the initials in the General Motors division ACDelco.
In 2015 Champion was enshrined in a life-size bronze statute in downtown Flint Michigan. At the unveiling, I had the honor of telling how Champion, born and bred in Paris, arrived in Flint in 1908 and soon helped to build GM from an idea to the world's largest corporation by 1920.
I also co-authored Peak Business Performance under Pressure (Skyhorse Publishing), with Bill Driscoll, a Navy jet-fighter ace and former instructor at TOPGUN.
For the documentary "The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz-Age Sport," I wrote the script, narrated by Frank Deford. The doc premiered at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival and showed in IFFs around North America and in Berlin, Paris, London, and Edinburgh. I converted the script to a coffee-table book.
Recent freelance journalism includes:
"Korea and the Thirty-Eighth Parallel: The lattitude line passing between the North and South has separated generations of families," online in April 2019 in Humanities Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"Airplane Wars: Finger Lakes Aviation Pioneer Glenn Curtiss Battled the Wright Brothers for Supremacy of the Skies," Mountain Home Magazine cover story. 2017 IRMA (International Regional Magazine Association) award winner for Historic Feature.