Undergraduate degree from NYU (1967-1971)
- Graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1971-1975)
- Married twice: - married to Gail Q. Wallace from ‘70 to ‘86
- Fathered one extraordinary child, Ariana S. Waynes, born in ‘79.
- Retired after teaching English for 30 years:
- two years at Penn as a graduate fellow,
- four years at Kenyon College (Ohio) as a visiting asst. prof.,
- four years at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a Communications Instructor
for their apprentice program
- twenty years at Philadelphia Community College as an adjunct.
- In addition, I did some tutoring and substitute teaching, which I’d rather forget.
- I also worked as an HR specialist for 30 years altogether,
- roughly half at IRS and half at Navy--not at the Shipyard, though, which was shut down before I transferred to Navy.
The 20 years at Community College fell in the middle of these years.
- married to Cynthia M. Johnson from ‘94 to the present
My career as an English teacher and Human resource specialist overlapped as follows:
In response to a request for an interesting story:
I’ve never met the Queen or a Nobel Prize winner, but I did have an exchange with Paul Newman at Kenyon. An alumnus, he was directing a play to inaugurate the school’s new theater. In the grocery on the campus’ dinky main drag, he mistakenly took my shopping cart. I noticed the error because his cart contained only an assortment of overripe, bruised tomatoes; as an undergraduate, I’d worked nights at White Tower and become a vine-ripened tomato maven by slicing hundreds of them. When I sheepishly pointed out he’d switched carts, the somewhat shorter-than-expected Mr. Newman flashed his blue-eyed charisma and I had what Margaret Cho calls a “homo moment”-- he really was impossibly good looking. But how is it the guy whose face is on my salad dressing didn’t know the inside skinny on tomatoes? That’s something to ponder in the next decade!