Joined HumanistsMN: November 2020
Profession/Residence: I began my professional career as a teacher of American history, speech, and theater in high school. After a decade, with a wife and new baby to support, I decided to go into business. I spent 23 years in insurance and investments. However, all the while I only wanted to realize my desire and need to be an actor.
Finally, over a 10-year period, I made the transition to professional acting.I eventually found my calling writing, producing, and performing one-man shows which I toured throughout the U.S. and Great Britain for 20 years. All were historically based.
I was especially known for a show entitled “The Shakespeare Man,” which dealt with the life and times of William Shakespeare, giving almost 700 performances. I was also a featured act at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for 15 years. I live in North St. Paul.
How he found us: I actually discovered HumanistsMN by accident on the Internet. While I am not much of one to join groups, the overall concept and viewpoints expressed appealed to me.
His journey to humanism: Raised a Lutheran, by adulthood I realized this was not what was in my heart. Wanting to give our three children a spiritual base, my wife and I raised them in a Quaker Meeting. However, over time I realized I had more questions than answers, thus becoming an agnostic in the truest sense of the word. Even before I discovered HumanistsMN, I was introduced to “The Affirmation of Humanism: A Statement of Principles.” This was the first affirmation of a belief I felt I could honestly say I believed in and could accept as mine. That is about it. Nothing dramatic — no startling revelations into the essence of the universe. Just a lifelong journey which is far from over.