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I was a member of the anthropology faculty
at San Diego State University
from 1966 to 2000. During that time I held a number of elected
appointed positions including Department Chair, Associate Dean
of the College
of Arts and Letters, and Director of the Center for
Asian Studies. I was honored to serve as Secretary of the SDSU Senate
for three years (1995-98), and as the Senator representing
the San Diego faculty to the
23-campus California State
University, System-wide Academic
Senate for six years (1994-2000).
Born in Michigan more
than six decades ago, I took my B.A. in Journalism, a Masters
degree in Sociology, and a PhD. in Anthropology from
Michigan State University. As
an anthropologist, my teaching and research focused on Japanese
society and the cross-cultural study of
legal systems. This interest in law prompted me to return to the
classroom as a part-time night school student, and I received
a law degree
in 1976 (valedictorian). I maintained a private practice in San
Diego for 8 years, specializing in environmental law and historic/cultural preservation.
I am most proud of an
introductory textbook co-authored with Pat Dubbs (U.
of Alaska), Cultural Contexts: Making Anthropology
Personal. I served as Editor of the Newsletter of the American
Anthropological Association and spent nearly three years in
Washington, DC working as Director of Programs for the Association.
I have travelled extensively throughout Japan
visits, three times living in the country for extended periods.
In the mid-50s I spent 15 months as a Russian language specialist with the U.S. Air Force Security Service in Hokkaido
(Japan's northern-most prefecture) and more recently I spent a year in Okinawa
prefecture) as a Fulbright
Professor teaching Anthropology and American Studies at two Japanese Universities.
Recent Activities and Interests:
Teaching American Studies
to Japanese University students kindled an interest in the history
and culture of the American Southwest.
After two summers of exploring the Southwest, I and my Anthropologist-wife,
the former Phyllis Easland, PhD (UC-Santa
Barbara), settled on
Central Utah as a research area. We spent 15 years (1989-2004)
gathering information about Fishlake National Forest [Fishlake
pictures June 2000] and [Fishlake
pictures June 1995] [NOTE: Pictures take about one minunte
to download on a 33.3 modem] and the surrounding area toward the
end of writing the cultural and administrative history of that national
forest. "Unfortunately", we became involved with the Loa Ranger District as Information Specialists, spending weekends throughout the summer at the Discovery Desk in the Fish Lake Lodge answering questions from visitors about where to fish, hike, and pursue other activities. I also volunteered to assist the Recreation Ranger with an inventory of all trails on the Loa Ranger District, taking GPS readings, making maps, and generally helping him and the Range Con with projects. The past two years I have "worked" as a volunteer for the fisheries biologiston the Fishlake. The various Fishlake projects gave me a good excuse to get in three of my favorite free-time activities:fly fishing, hiking, and GPS/GIS.
My other passions, golf
and Sumo, must
be squeezed in while back home in beautiful
retirement, Phyllis and I have fallen in love with Baja Sur, especially
La Paz and the East Cape area. Watch this site for links to the
wonderful Baja California peninsula. We have visited New Zealand twice and really enjoy the month-long trips driving around that wonderful country. It's enjoy having two falls each year since we also spend September and October at Lake Kimball in Wisconsin on land that has been in Phyllis' family
for more than 80 years. Our 2007 trip to Buenos Aires, Patagonia (Chile and Argentina), and Tierra del Fuego was wonderful. Sailing the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel, and setting foot on Cape Horn, especially after a week on Stewart Island the year before (southern-most spots in two hemispheres) was incomparable. Of course, Cape Horn was made all the better by excellent weather and good companions. In 2008, Phyllis and I made a similar trip to the fjords and glacier area of Southern Chili and Patagonia. Our South America travels have been Overseas Adventure Travels (OAT) and we've loved it.
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I take this opportunity to personally thank for developing the MacIntosh Computer.