In late 1967, I dropped out of college and was so naÔve I didnít give much thought to the consequences. Several months later I received my draft notice and passed my Army physical. I made the decision to follow my family lineage and I joined the Navy. My dad served in the pacific during the Second World War.
The tradeoff to joining was that this was a four-year obligation as opposed to the two-year draft commitment. It did come with a guarantee to attend a basic school in electronics. After boot camp and interior communications school, I served onboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA 34) in 1969-72. I worked in the V2 Division in Pilot Landing Aid TV (PLAT). During this time, the ship made three WESTPAC cruises off the coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin.
I teach video production courses at Indiana University in Bloomington. My interest is non-fiction, specifically documentary and I teach a series of classes in that genre. As a producer, Iíve worked on a broad variety of program types throughout my career and Iíve found my passion is to create long form documentary stories. My Vietnam Your Iraq is the largest scale project Iíve produced and directed and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience.