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The short version:

My wife Vicki and I, and our two dogs and two horses (see the photo gallery), live in Eugene, Oregon. I am a professor emeritus of Italian at the University of Arizona (where I taught for 26 years) and a writer of suspense and young-adult novels.

The long version:

"I should not talk so much about myself
if there were anybody else whom I knew as well."
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I wrote my first autobiography as a school project at the age of fourteen—fifty-one hand-written pages titled Remembrances of Ronnie and published in one copy by the "Hard to Remember" Publishing Company. Today, however, with all the pop stars putting out their bios at the age of nineteen, I'm mindful of Benvenuto Cellini's admonition that one should be at least fifty before writing one's memoirs. What follows, then, is just a sketch of a few highlights.

(click on the titles below to go the individual sections — each contains photos and may take several seconds to load)


More immediate forebearers

Ron's bio

Writing life

Don't forget to take a look at my photo gallery!