• My parents both worked for the Montana Fish & Game Department in Bozeman, Montana.
  • I grew up on an agricultural research farm, the Snyder Farm, in Wooster, Ohio. The barn and house date from the mid-nineteenth century.
  • In elementary school, my brother and I hosted “slingshot wars” using dried soybeans for ammunition.
  • We had a souped-up golf cart painted black and lemon yellow. It had three wheels and tipped over at high speeds.
  • I worked as a research aide in Entomology Turfgrass, Vegetable Crops, and Soil Ecology labs at the Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center (OARDC).
  • I was the third generation of my family to work at OARDC.
  • I know where OARDC’s radioactive cows are buried (for real).
  • I once held an Experimental Pesticide Operator license.
  • I have lived through a direct hit by a tornado and a straight-line wind downburst (as bad as a tornado).
  • I have been known to spot four-leaf clovers from moving vehicles.
  • I was a spelling bee champ.
  • In junior high school, I built a hovercraft out of a vacuum cleaner.
  • I played first trumpet in junior high school band. I wasn’t very good.
  • I played on the Academic Challenge team in high school. I was all right.
  • I ran Cross Country in high school. I was terrible.
  • In high school my friends and I built tunnels and ziplines, made movies, and experimented with homemade liquid-fueled rockets/flamethrowers. We also failed at an attempt to build a blimp filled with hydrogen (helium was too expensive).
  • I have flown in the Goodyear Blimp.
  • In 1992, while everyone else went south for spring break, a friend and I drove to Maine, where we accidentally found the site of the painting “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth.
  • In 1993 I spent two weeks in Australia visiting a pen-pal.
  • When I was a kid I wanted to be an architect.
  • I have pencil lead embedded in my palm from a drawing accident.
  • I met my wife online by commenting on our shared affection for Dan Dee Corn Twistees.
  • I have a chinchilla named Sasparilla. In 2017 he will be 17 years old.
  • I hunt for morel mushrooms in the spring, a family tradition.
  • I collect Pentax cameras, ink bottles, and vintage art materials.
  • I’m an avid reader.