I grew up in a very poor area of So Cal known as Cudahy. It is better known for card clubs and the neighbor town of Bell and their city council! I attended and graduated from Bell High School. I was a tight end and defensive end on the Bell team that broke the 27 losing streak in 1962. I played 3 years of baseball as well for Bell. I was also involved in the choir and Madrigal Singers as a tenor and participated in several musicals including My Fair Lady and the Music Man. I went to the University of Oklahoma my first year in college as my grades were too low to get into USC where I wanted to go. At OU I majored in both Accounting and Journalism. Upon transferring to USC, I changed my major to Physical Education. I worked my way through college holding down various part time jobs except for one year when I walked on to the football team coached by John McKay. I was a kicker before the age of specialists. I had become quite a kicker, but Coach Mc Kay told me that they could not carry any specialists. I worked on the scout team for a while until, I could see there was no future and had a meeting with Coach and we decided to make me a manager and he asked me to teach Tim Rossovich how to kick off. He noted that Rod Sherman, Bill Cunerty and myself were the best kickers they had. Shernan kicked field goals and extra points while Rossovich handled kickoffs.
After graduating from USC, I took a job with IBM as there were no PE jobs in areas I would consider teaching in at the time. After one year of working for IBM, I found a job in Azusa Unified School District as a freshman football coach and Social Science Teacher at Gladstone High. I coached the frosh for one year, then moved up to Head B Football Coach and won the league championship at that level. I next was an assistant varsity coach under Coach Art Hiett at Gladstone. Art resigned to go into administration four years later and I took over the program in 1976. After two unsuccessful yet building years both on and off the field, we won the first Varsity Football League Championship in school history in 1977 and garnered the Coach of the Year Honors from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. I spent a total of 6 years as Head Football Coach and then discovered a part time career in real estate. After three years of part time real estate and becoming one of the top agents in the office, i resigned my teaching job. Since 1980 I have sold over 900 properties in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire and surrounding areas and became one of the top producers in this area.