Born in Champaign-Urbana in East-Central Illinois.*
Degree in English literature from the University of Illinois.
Two years spent teaching English as a foreign language in the Republic of Niger as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Close to fluent in French, with modest proficiency in Spanish.
22 years in San Diego, CA and nearby La Mesa.
Returned to Champaign, Illinois in 2005.
--C-U RPCV 06:17, 7 December 2005 (UTC)
*No, this is not a mistake: Champaign-Urbana was known as Champaign-Urbana long before anyone ever thought of calling it Urbana-Champaign. Urbana's primary claim to fame is that it holds most (but not all) of the campus of the University of Illinois, ergo the name reversal within the last 25 years in all of the U of I's published literature. But Champaign continues to be the larger of the two communities, as has been the case for as long as I can remember. And people around town, in either city, actually call it Champaign-Urbana.