Growing up, I seemed to be cut from a different cloth. When the kids at school were into Rush and Led Zeppelin, I got into the Beatles and the Sex Pistols.
Growing up, my dad cultivated my fascination with old cars and motorcycles. He even turned me on to Link Wray, an obsession that continues to this day with the websites LinkWray.com and VernonWray.com.
In the mid-1980's my fascination with Mid-Century Americana and Roadside Archaeology began when I stumbled across an article in The Washington Post. The story reported on the decommissioning of Route 66 - the Mother Road. Fresh out of high school, I wanted to be like Tod and Buzz and hit the road in a Corvette. Their car was grey on the old black and white shows broadcast on Nick and Nite, but I just KNEW that ‘Vette was RED! I've been across various points of Route 66 eight times so far...and many other classic American roads in between.
After graduating high school, I spent a couple years working for a music distributor, racking records and tapes at various chain stores along the mid-Atlantic region. That lasted a few years, then I moved on to law enforcement. I became a Deputy Sheriff for the St. Mary's County Maryland Sheriff's Office - the oldest Sheriff's Office in the USA.
I had a rewarding career with the Sheriff's Office. Various assignments included working the street in the Patrol Division, "Officer Friendly" in Crime Prevention, Community Policing in Leonardtown Maryland and my career concluded as the supervisor in Traffic Safety.
I coordinated the first three award winning National Night Out events for St. Mary's, raised funds for Crime Solvers by promoting an annual car show and music events. During that time, I spoke to countless thousands in various St. Mary's County groups and associations.
In the 15-plus years since retiring from the Sheriff’s Office, my wife and I began raising our two young’uns. I'm also in rapid pursuit of documenting and preserving “Mid-Century Americana” through photographs, writings and websites. I recently served as a consultant on the film RUMBLE -
THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD, set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017.
We also relocated to the Gulf Coast of Florida. The weather is good, and I can get Maryland Style hard crabs year round. What more could I ask for?