I “retired” at the end of March 2016 after 31 years as bibliographer for geography, anthropology, and maps at the University of Chicago Library. The University of Chicago Map Collection Website (at least as of spring 2016) is one of the products of this period. Before working at the U of C, I taught for a few years. I have a Ph.D. in geography from UC-Berkeley.
I spent most of my childhood in the West Village (New York), but was dragged out to Long Island when I was 12, an act of cultural uprooting for which I’ve never been able quite to forgive my (deceased) parents. It wasn’t an accident that I was an undergraduate at Columbia (major: linguistics).
Besides New York, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve lived in Washington, D.C.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Khartoum, Sudan.
I’ve been a compulsive traveler and exerciser for most of my adult life. I bicycled across the United States in 1966 and ran a 2:28 marathon in 1983. In recent years, urban walking has been my major form of exercise.