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Born: St. Louis, Mo., August 26, 1943
Made aliyah: 1968
After graduating from Ladue High School I joined the American Army, considering that after twelve years studying a change was necessary. The American Army was an eye-opening experience, as I basically grew up in an almost completely Jewish city, University City a suburb of St. Louis. When my parents later moved, my new high school “Ladue”, also a suburb of St. Louis, was mixed, but little did I know that a great majority of the students were Jewish.
My main non-academic activities were wrestling, American football, photography (I started doing photography when I was eight years old) and music (trumpet when I was nine years old).
When, after high school, I decided to join the army I auditioned for the United States Army Field Band “Pershings Own” and was accepted. Due to a mistake in orders, I was sent to various other units until I returned to a band, but not the prestigious “Pershings Own”, where I played both trumpet and euphonium and was also the unit photographer.
After the army, and there I learned the value of a good education, I went to university and studied classical archaeology and anthropology. I was also the university museum and Classical
Archaeology Department photographer.
Upon graduation in 1968 and in the aftermath of the Six Day War, I came to live in Israel and joined the first group of “Sherut L’Am” and there lived for a year on Kibbutz Shaar Ha’Golan, working in the banana fields. Before I left for Israel my professor, Dr. Saul Weinberg, the department head asked me to join his excavation at Tel Anafa near Kibbutz Shamir, in the Upper Galilee. There on the excavation I met who was to become my future wife. I also worked for a number of seasons with the late Dr. Clair Epstein (who received the Israel Prize in 1995 for her work in archaeology) as her photographer, surveyor and driver.
I started studying for an advanced degree at Tel Aviv University in prehistory and paleoanthropology while teaching prehistory and I also partnered as the department photographer. While at Tel Aviv University I was invited by Professor Emmanuel Anati to be his
photographer at his Italian prehistoric rock art research center in the Italian alps, where I worked for six months as his photographer. Because of a tragedy with my supervisor I left Tel Aviv University and worked in technical communication, technical training and marcom at Israel Aircraft Industries, various hi-tech start-ups, later at Motorola and finally retired from IBM.
I founded the Kfar Saba Community Band and co-founded the Kfar Saba Music Foundation with Dr. Samuel Franco. I currently play trumpet in the Sharon Symphony Orchestra and continue
photographing musicians and anything that is in front of my camera. In 1998 I had a large scale one-man exhibit of Kfar Saba youth and people involved in music. I enjoy the challenge of staring at a blank page - screen - and slowly seeing thoughts forming themselves into something hopefully coherent.

I am married with two sets of twin daughters and nine  grandchildren.


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