DEGREES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY 1969
Master of Arts (MA), Vocational Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 1999
Doctor of Philosophy (PHD), Clayton College of Natural Health, Birmingham, AL 2004
Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner by the American Alternative Medical Association (AAMA); Galveston, TX
Honorable Discharge, U.S. Army; 1975
Honorable Discharge, U. S. Air Force; 1969
PAST AND PRESENT PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
Mystery Writers of America
Florida Writers Association
Tampa Writers Alliance
Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society
Coalition for Natural Health
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Paralyzed Veterans of America
League of United Latin-American Citizens
Paralysis Society of America
Military Writers Society of America
First Prize for Chronic Nights in Florida Writers Association's 2003 Royal Palm Literary Awards
Second Prize for Because They Were in Florida Writers Association's 2003 Royal Palm Literary Awards
Third Prize in Biogen Idec's national essay contest, "How Taking Avonex Changed My Life Living With Multiple Sclerosis," 2000
Excellence in Government Award, 2002, Hillsborough County, Florida
Listed in Marquis Publication's Who's Who in America, 2003-2009, 2013-2014, 2018
Listed in Marquis Publication's Who's Who in the World, 2004-2007
Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
Taking a break from plantation work.
I was born in New York City and transplanted myself to the Tampa, Florida area in 1972 after separating from the U.S. Army. I went from being a Newyorican to a Newyoridian. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, my life took an unexpected detour. My losses in physical strength have more than been compensated for by my gains in cognitive skills. It seems that the disease brought as many brain cells to life as those that it had killed. Since the onset of ms, I've earned my Masters and Doctorate degrees, have written five novels, have had three dozen short stories, articles and essays published, have been named to Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World, and last but certainly not least, have become a grandfather three times. Of course, ms had nothing to do with that last one, but I just had to brag.
Claudia and I were married on November 22, 2015. This is number three for both of us. The third time has been a charm for us.
Lindsey, Claudia, Joseph, Frank, and Anastasia.
Tony and Lindsey expressing themselves.