Music, Theater, a long and illustrious career in Information Systems, for which I had no education or training either in high school or college. Um, Did Cass Tech even have a computer? Did Michigan State? Oh yeah, it used something called FORTRAN, if I remember correctly. This said, how did I ever manage to train myself for a career? Only the Shadow knows.
And... after I retired (way early, I might add, in 2005), I became owner and sole proprietor of a small but arguably fierce Steampunk neckwear (and sometimes sculpture) business called S'PunkWerks, more for fun than sustenance. See my pics, they pretty much rock. I guess those of you who knew me won't be too surprised to see where the journey has taken me thus far.
Sooooo memorable: Italo Taranta, Music; Gerald Bovenschen, Theater. Both did much to educate and inspire me in their respective fields. Participation in both of these endeavors has given me great pleasure throughout my life, and has without doubt made me a much better, well-rounded and fulfilled adult.
CHILDREN NEED THE ARTS IF A HEALTHY SOCIETY IS TO SURVIVE!!!!!
Computers are ok, too, but don't count on 'em.
In the final analysis, after all is said and done, I believe that DOGS DO RULE THE WORLD.
Oh yeah, I realized I was gay (duh) within weeks after graduation, which I skipped because I had my first Summer Stock gig outside of Clio, Michigan. How I ever managed to come out in such an environment is beyond me. Fate is a cruel mistress, I guess. Wait, fate was neither cruel nor a mistress at all, duh again. Anyway, I have always been entirely open to my family, friends and employers. I strongly suggest this course of action be followed by everybody, even heterosexuals :-)
And when did YOU first realize I was gay? LOL!!!
YOU CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH I MISS SOME OF MY CASS TECH FRIENDS. EACH OF YOU CROSSES MY MIND EVERY SO OFTEN, AND EVERY TIME MY EYES MIST FOR THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES. IN MY HEART, I HAVE ALWAYS WISHED THE VERY BEST FOR ALL OF YOU, AND CAN ONLY HOPE THAT, SOMEHOW THRU TIME AND SPACE, THIS HAS MADE SOME MINISCULE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIVES. I HAVE, INDEED, BEEN BLESSED BY SUCH GOOD FORTUNE IN SO MANY WAYS....