Hal O'Brien describes himself as an "independent scholar", an all-too-rare breed these days.
He graduated from Midland School in Los Olivos, California, in 1981. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California, in 1986. His major was in Government. ("My college was too wise to label politics a science.")
He's been known to say, I've been on Wikipedia so long, I can remember when most edits added actual information or citations, instead of redundant filler such as templates or "citation needed."
He's the kind of guy who has a copy of Bernard Rudofsky's Are Clothes Modern? that was once owned by Elia Kazan; a copy of Ezra Pound's Guide to Kulchur that was once owned by Sir John Kendrew; a letter from Arthur Quiller-Couch to Siegfried Sassoon; a page from Shakespeare's Second Folio; and he thinks he's lucky beyond measure to have stuff that pleases him so.
Everything is provisional, pending better data.
The images below have been created by O'Brien, and used in various articles:
The Arctic Club building in Seattle