I grew up in Poway, California with a small, loving family. We come from humble means, and big heart.
My forbearers were financiers, merchant marines, civil servants, journalists, uranium prospectors, educators, tradesmen, and profound humanitarians forsaking all else. Every day I strive to live in their image, and to make them proud.
At age 5, I was diagnosed with stage four cancer, T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. It was a long and difficult journey, but I was a resolute. I was also very fortunate to have had access to an experimental treatment protocol and tons of family support. Five years later, I made it into long term remission.
By age seven, I was diagnosed with ASD (Autistic spectrum disorder, Aspergers Syndrome) Unlike my cancer diagnosis, this condition presented much longer term challenges. In school, I was an awkward child. I didn’t have much interest in the same playground activities as my peers, preferring instead to stand in the middle of the playground, staring off into the sky and thinking. My parents would say that I was "born 40 years old", always working away on one project or another – My "inventions" I called them - It was at this point that my grandmother gave the family a Commodore64, insisting that this would be an essential part of our future. This was where the story of my love affair with computers began, setting me off on my life long journey of learning and discovery.