In 1965, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and drama from Stanford University, then served for five years in the U. S. Navy as a Supply Corps officer, stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea in Vietnam from 1967-69. Discharged from the Navy as a Lieutenant in 1970, I then received an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1972. I worked at Dairyman’s Cooperative Creamery Association until 1974, and then served until 1979 as vice president and general manager of System Integrators, a supplier of computerized text editing and typesetting systems to the newspaper industry.
My position as Senior Executive Vice President-Planning and Development with Pappas Telecasting Companies had me responsible for the planning and construction of WHNS TV, Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville and for KPTM, Omaha. I became General Manager of KMPH TV, Fresno from 1987 to 1992, serving on the boards of directors of both the Association of Independent Television Stations, and the California Broadcasters Association. I retired from Pappas in 2008.
My wife Mary Jane and I have two grown children. My hobbies include golf, home theatre, genealogy, and computers.