I am honored to be part of the GANYC Board for 2022/2023 and I appreciate the vote of confidence and look forward to serving.
So about me, I was born in the Methodist Hospital and raised in Park Slope where I attended St. Saviours Grammar School. We moved to Bay Ridge when I was in High School and I lived there until 1990 when I stumbled on a rent controlled apartment for sublet on 58th Street and 1st Avenue. That lasted a year and I then moved to where I currently reside at 82nd and 2nd, down the block from the Q train! My brother and I spent many happy days exploring NYC as children and my fondest memories are of visiting the World's Fair which we did 26 times! My mother was from Scotland and my father was from the West Village, the child of Irish Immigrants who worked on the docks so I have a particular interest in topics related to Irish immigration and ancestry. It's amazing what one can find out when we dig. I travel to Scotland and Ireland frequently, when we're not having a global pandemic.
I've spent the bulk of my career in corporate America in the IT world but decided to diversify and took the test in 2019 and became licensed attended two GANYC in person meetings and then .. well, we all know what happened in 2020. I have always had an interest in NYC history and when friends came to town, took them around and showed them the sights and encouraged them to go to John's Pizza on Bleecker Street. Thanks to the encouragement from GANYC I've written two speciality tours, one on Rock and Roll in the 70's, a topic I know a lot about and one on Media in Midtown, an industry I've working in and around through the years. Formerly I taught Unix (the operating system that runs the Internet) and HTML at NYU School of Continuing Education.
Having done board work for my former High School, St. Joseph's of Downtown Brooklyn, as well as various other organizations through the years and believe in serving the community and trying to make NY a better place. I look forward to contributing to GANYC in whatever way is needed and learning from you all.