I grew up in Germantown, Ohio, a small town about 15 miles from Dayton, Ohio. I love sports, particularly football and basketball. I went to Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where I majored in English Literature and in History. I served two years in the Peace Corps in Turkey, teaching English as a second language, first in Fatsa on the Black Sea coast and then in Erzurum in the eastern mountains. I still remember how to speak some Turkish. I obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration from UNC in Chapel Hill and worked for the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Chicago and Columbus. I was Community Development Director for the City of Miamisburg, Ohio before entering law school at Ohio State. I graduated with a J.D. in 1979, took the bar exam, got married to Roberta Longfellow, honeymooned in France, and began practicing law. Roberta and I have two children, Jessica, also a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Moldova) and lawyer, and Christian, a visual, graphic, and ceramic artist. Roberta and I love reading, cooking, traveling and ballroom dancing. We have a large circle of friends, many from our church, Grace United Methodist of Dayton, Ohio, and we both have many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. We are both grateful for the love we share, the lives we have led, and the lives ahead of us.