I am an attorney practicing in Northern California, mostly in the area of criminal law. I graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law cum laude in 1999. Prior to that time, I worked in the commercial fisheries in Alaska for approximately 15 years including as a deckhand on crab boats in the Bering Sea out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska (as recently described in the Discovery TV show Deadliest Catch) and was also involved in events surrounding the Exxon Valdez oil spill while living in Kodiak, Alaska.
I earned a Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1976. During my freshman year in 1972, the campus was occupied by National Guard troops for a week during anti-war protests (it was also so occupied in May 1970 after the Kent State shootings). Later, while working in salmon canneries, I had occasion to belong to two unions, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU []) and the Sailors Union of the Pacific (SUP []). Thus my interest at Wikipedia is mostly focused around contemporary and modern history.