Besides writing books and blogs, I have a reporting background. I am a former newspaper reporter and magazine editor. Additionally I have contributed to a variety of online and print media.
In recent years I have done a lot of travel writing. My travel pieces for Examiner.com were consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally for writers contributing to the site. And FlipKey By TripAdvisor rated my Napa Valley-Sonoma blog as a top Wine Country site. Some samples follow:
For A Luxury Travel Blog, one of the most heavily trafficked travel sites in the world, I wrote about San Francisco’s most famous landmark—
For Dave’s Travel Corner, another very popular site, my pieces included a visit to the poignant USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and a spectacular boating adventure in Howe Sound, British Columbia where bald eagles roam.
Another favorite topic of mine in recent years has been autograph forgery. I spent three years investigating a national ring of crooks who defrauded Americans for $100 million by forging, selling and distributing counterfeit memorabilia supposedly signed by the Beatles—
The first man to walk on the moon—
And sports superstars, both living and dead—
I covered all this in Operation Bullpen but have also written numerous articles for Sports Collectors Digest and, Autograph Magazine on the subject. Among them were: “The Art and Craft of a Forger;” an interview with Tim Fitzsimmons, the lead FBI agent in the case, as well as the late John Ferreira, the FBI undercover agent who helped bring down the ring; “Ten Ways to Stop a Forger;” and Brian Biegel, the New York filmmaker and director of “The Counterfeiter,” an excellent ESPN 30 by 30 documentary based largely on the reporting in my book.
For Dadmag.com, I wrote about how to stay in touch with your family when you’re a father away on business, maintaining healthy sexual relations with your partner, safety tips for new fathers, and other dad-related topics.
For the San Francisco Chronicle, I wrote a comic satire of former Giants slugger Barry Bonds based on “Casey at the Bat,” the classic 1888 Ernest Thayer poem about the ill-fated home run slugger who strikes out and disappoints all of Mudville.
For West Magazine in the San Jose Mercury News, I penned a long, loving tribute to La Imperial Restaurant in my hometown of Hayward, what I called “the best Mexican restaurant in the Bay Area.”
I write about food, wine, and music. I combined all three passions in an AXS.com article on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy held at the glorious Robert Mondavi Winery in the vineyards of Napa Valley—
Other websites, magazines, and newspapers I have written for include: California History, San Francisco Magazine, Contra Costa Times, Rossmor News, LuxuryRetreats.com, Focus, New West, Running Times, Sport, and Preiser Key.
City Sports Magazine holds a special place in my heart because it was where I published my very first article. Edited and published by the husband and wife team of Maggie Cloherty and Jake Steinman, City Sports had its offices on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. One day I walked in unannounced and asked if they needed any writers.
“Sure,” said Maggie. “We’re always looking for good writers. Submit a sample of your work and let’s see what you can do. We’ll take a look and if we like it, we’ll give you a call.”
Fortunately they liked what they saw. Maggie and Jake hired me. I became a writer and senior editor for the monthly, and it launched me into this crazy calling. Maggie, a sweet, smart woman with freckles, has now passed on. She was what every writer longs for: an editor with a kind and understanding heart.