I DON'T LIKE BEING CALLED A RENAISSANCE MAN, BUT I GUESS I SORT OF AM
People frequently hang that label on me. I've been drawing, painting and writing all of my life, I mean from the age of four or five. I can also design and build almost anything, given the tools, materials, and equipment. I also seem to have had more than my share of adventures, especially in my younger years.
I've looked death in the face at least a dozen times. I saw a UFO when I was 7 years old. I had a pilot's license at 17, had a 1956 Alfa Romeo Spyder and a 1960 Mini Cooper. I was involved in military intelligence, got my helicopter rating at the Bell helicopter plant in Arlington, Texas and was stationed in Iran. From there I was forwarded to a base in Thailand that didn't exist and I was never there, but if I was there, I flew photo recon and radar mapping missions of the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos and Cambodia. I've crashed two Huey's, have well over sixty skydiving jumps, literally flew my Mini Cooper off a cliff, and built a flying car for the movie, "BladeRunner." Yes, really, all before the age of twenty-five, with plenty of photos and broken bones to prove it.
I've built limousines, attended The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, built and rode a unicycle, made a recumbent bike from a photograph I saw, then built the world's first (as far as I know) recumbent electric trike. I owned my own hot rod shop and built custom cars. I paint award-winning, professional watercolors, write and illustrate both eBooks and paperbacks, including my autobiography.
That said, I can see why people might think I'm a Contemporary Rennaisance Man but it's a little creepy.