My interest in western history probably originated with my family. From my mother I learned that her family stretched back to the Revolutionary War as descendants of Roger Sherman. I heard stories of her branch moving west through the Dakotas and Montana, of Sioux Indian raids and wars. My father's family had come out of Missouri. His grandfather had fought as a Confederate, had two wives, the first part Kiowa who died in childbirth. His father, my grandfather, had traveled west following ranches and mines as a blacksmith through New Mexico, across Arizona, eventually to the great Yellow Aster Mine in Randsberg, California (now a semi-ghost town).
I heard stories of my mother's parents traveling by wagon, Montana winters, their log cabin, of mother's sister freezing to death one Montana winter in that cabin; while living in a trailer behind grandma Glover's small farm in San Bernardino was "ol' man Arnold". We knew little about him, not even if his name was really Arnold, what we did hear was that he lived at grandma's because he had rode with Jesse and Frank James, and the James boys and the Glovers were friends, neighbors and James gang supporters.
As a boy in the 1950s our family and friends explored the Mojave desert, old ruins, Calico ghost town before any restoration, old mines...I was hooked. Our neighbor, Garnet Jones, knew the old hands of the Mojave and from him I heard unpublished accounts of Willie Boy, saw vanishing pioneer cabins, graves, and much more. And of course this all lead to tales of lost mines.
I like to think of my education as both formal and informal, theoretical and practical.
At the university of Washington I majored in geography/cartography and carried informal minors in chemistry and history. After university Carol (then my girlfriend now wife) and I settled in San Francisco where I had the great pleasure of working with Dr. Motram (DVM) at the San Francisco Zoo. I studied for a masters in science at San Francisco State University and continued my avocational interest in history. My master's research and the work with Dr. Motram lead to a full faculty appointment at the University of London's Royal Veterinary College as research scientist under Dr. Paul Watson. For that research I was awwarded a Ph.D. in physiology. In England I was immersed not only in science, but also in history and its associated mysteries...who really were the Knights Templar? Did King Arthur exist? Who was Robin Hood? Stonehenge, who, what, why?
Carol and I had the chance to explore the British countryside: old churches, iron age forts, stone circles, castles, manor houses, battlefields, Knight's Templar sites, Roman ruins and pubs. We explored London's Temple Church, met men who had flown in the Battle of Britain and listened to wonderfully eclectic oral histories. As we traveled from England we visited Minoan sites on Crete and Santorini, Roman ruins in Rome, Tuscany, the Venetian coast and France, World War I and II battlefields and cemeteries, and chateaus of France. Carol and I explored Renne Le Chateau, Carcassone, museums, castles and viking sites with relatives in Norway.
My research while overseas those near eight years was certainly not all science. Living with people who had a deep respect for history and historical research, plus working with the caliber of fellows I had the good fortune to know at the College, the British Museum, Cambridge and the generally erudite and educated population we knew were excellent preparation for my return to the States.
Upon my return, having burnt out on vivisection, I entered K-12 education teaching initially physics, then working as a consultant in Instructional Technology, science education adn the brain and learning. My active research interests turned from science to history and my old fascination with lost mines and the desert lead eventually to America's greatest lost mine mystery: The Lost Dutchman Mine.
I have published in primarily three fields: science, technology and western history. My research interests in science involved the possible artificial breeding of endangered species, examining what is called the "model theory". Publications were primarily in refereed journals such as the Journal of Reproduction and Fertility, and Theriogenology. Papers presented include presentations at: the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS), University of London, Welcome Laboratories for Comparative Physiology and the Society for the Study of Fertility (SSF).
Historical publications consist of articles in the Journal of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society, and the two books on the history of the Lost Dutchman Mine. Presentations include talks before the Roadrunners Prospector's Club and The Superstition Mountain's Treasure Hunters.
Educational publications include numerous articles on Instructional Technology in Tech Notes a statewide publication of the Southern Oregon Education Service District. Papers presented include presentations at: the National Association of School boards, the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) and the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE).
Part I, The Golden Dream is the general review and analysis of the tale (the history of the story,people, the gold, maps and clues).
Part II, The Holmes Manuscript is the publication of the story as told by a family that knew Waltz and was at his deathbed when he made his deathbed revelations; it is annotated with new findings and research data.
The data comes from research in private and public archives from Arizona to Washington D.C., interviews, using a scanning electron microscope for EDS analysis of gold ore taken from under the bed of Jacob Waltz after his death and years of field work. The analysis of this data is based on the skills and techniques learned from both my academic and practical training and experiences.
Together the books examine the various legends of the Lost Dutchman story, their historical basis or otherwise, the pioneers and people involved, the various frauds associated with the mine, the possible sources of Waltz's deathbed gold ore, clues and maps associated with the tale.
The conclusion in Part I addresses the question of does the mine exist? What evidence do we have? The conclusion reached is based on a skeptical reading of much of the evidence. The conclusion reached is Yes, the mine does exist. Rather or not it is findable is another question.
Part II looks at what may be the closest we will get to the actual tale of Waltz and his mine.
My religion is Christianity, my denomination is Anglican. Both Carol and I had the distinct pleasure of being confirmed at St. Albans Cathedral in England, so technically we are C. of E. (Church of England).
While in England as an aside I started a fine wine import/export comapny called Glover's of San Francisco. That enterprise started me on computers writing the first data base and sort program for the English fine wine trade.
Athletics? Not what they used to be. In the past I enjoyed rugby and teaching judo, and indulged a wee bit in climbing and cross country skiing. Presently gardening, archery and hiking are my primary physical activities.
I enjoy reading, right now on my headboard are: Wallis' God's Politics, Why the Right Gets It Wrong, and the Left Doesn't Get It; Zarbin's The Two Sides of the River; and Ehrman's Lost Christianities. I enjoy, research (archival and field) and I still dabble in technology and educational consulting.
One of life's real pleasures is horse packing and camping in the Superstitions with a good friends.
I recently finished McCullough's John Adams. It is the best written biography I have read to date. Much recommended!
We live in Oregon in the Rogue River Valley, and yes it is as beautiful as it sounds.