I was fortunate enough to teach my hobbies during my career: Introduction to Philosophy, British Literature, Mass Media, and Mystery Fiction. I taught The Deep Blue Good-by and The Empty Copper Sea as part of my mystery course.
I became involved in The JDM Bibliophile as a columnist, and served as Chair of the 1996 John D. MacDonald Conference (the 6th one). I have given lectures on Florida Mystery Writers as part of the Florida Humanities Council Speakers’ List, and I have given several programs on MacDonald to groups and conferences.
Currently my wife and I are serving as consultants to the John D. MacDonald Collection at the University of Florida in Gainsville.
My mystery-detective-crime fiction library numbers around 4,000, and I have a complete collection of MacDonald novels, and books. And many duplicate copies.
This is a picture of what I love to do: talk about MacDonald and his works..
This was taken at the Slip F18 re-dedication in October, 2004 at the Bahia Mar Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.
At the 2007 “Conference To Die For” I moderated a panel on JDM’s environmental views as expressed in many of his books. Back row, from left: Bob Morris, Randy Wayne White, Tom Corcoran, Tim Dorsey, Front row: me, and Jon King