...... Army brat, the only US born member of my family. My father was the only US born member of his family. As a young child lived some time in Augsburg, Germany and Chuquicamata, Chile. While in grade school in Pleasant Hill, California, I had my first exposure to computers using teletype terminals at the Lawrence Livermore Hall of Science.
..... In the mid to late 70's, while living in Clearwater Beach, Florida, I was taught community activism by local activist / Beach Views newspaper owner/editor Anne McKay Garris.
...... Alumni of Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines (1982) where I was imbued with Jesuit social activism "A Man for Others". Lived (1977 to 1984) during a time of political turmoil which included martial law under the regime of Ferdinand Marcos; the assassination of the leading political opposition figure and former Ateneo alumnus Ninoy Aquino; and the beginnings of the "People Power" movement which lead to the downfall of the regime.
...... In 1999 while living in Turtle Lakes Subdivision, in Lutz, Fl helped organize a fight to try to stop an over density subdivision, which also rejuvenated the Turtle Lakes Civic Association.
...... Lived in Seminole Heights (Tampa, Florida) for 7 years where I essentially experienced a Masters Degree in Civic Activism.
- Created the highly popular hyperlocal "must read" Seminole Heights Blog (now inactive)
- Moderator of the Hillsborough County Prostitution Task Force
- Member of the Southeast Seminole Heights Neighborhood Watch Vehicle Patrol
- Historian / Board member Southeast Seminole Heights Civic Association - Neighborhoods USA 2003 Neighborhood of the Year
- Member of the Southeast Seminole Heights Home Improvement Team
- Founder and moderator of 190 member Southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood email group
...... Currently residing in quiet Lutz, Florida with my artist/writer wife Susan, and Hobbit (Jack Russell Terrier) and Ella (mixed Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Hound).
- Past Board member and President of Windemere Special Dependent District.
- Webmaster of LutzDogPark.weebly.com and SusanBanghart.com.
- Blogging on Word From Lutz.
- Neighborhood Lead for WindemereSubdivision.nextdoor.com
- Volunteer editor for the dmoz open directory project
He started a virtual movement - St. Petersburg Times - September 29, 2006
Fightin' Words: Seminole Heights residents want their neighborhood section back. - Creative Loafing - February 22, 2006