Originally from Pittsburgh, I served in the USMC for 31 years. I now live in Palm Harbor, FL. With a lifelong passion for history, I am a living historian and recently wrote the best selling definitive book on the true history of pirates which recently received one Gold Medal and two Silver Medals from FAPA. I am a living historian and lecturer, speaking at the Villages, The Tampa Bay History Center, and the Dunedin History Center. I also teach a series on pirates and other historical topics for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In 2019, "A Pirates Life in the Golden Age of Piracy" was recognized by FAPA's President’s Book Awards Program in three categories, Adult Non-Fiction: Coffee Table Book, Silver medal winner, Non-Fiction: Adult, Silver medal winner, and Education, Gold medal winner. I am currently on FAPA's Board of Directors and am the President Elect. of FAPA.
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