This “One Green Blood’s State of Mind”, is the result of my adult ADD fascination with the world. I write about what’s interesting to me at any given moment. If I’m sharing advice, I try to research and source it before I spit it back. But don’t take anything I say to the bank. Do your own due diligence before you trust anything that anybody says, especially me.
Now that I’ve disclaimed any responsibility for anything bad that might happen to you as a result of reading this stuff, let me say that I hope some of it interests you and stimulates you to be as inquisitive and irresistibly drawn to the material as I am.
I am one of the lucky few to have a day job that is totally in alignment with my passion. I’m the head servant at the Michigan State University Alumni Association. Every day I play in a huge sandbox of knowledge, filled with interesting people, especially the thousands of young minds who soak it up, stretch it, challenge it, and help to reinvent it.
Beyond “The Banks of the Red Cedar”, there are a half million Spartans who are my customers. They live and work in every corner of the world, populate every major company and thousands of smaller career outposts. True Spartans are dedicated to MSU’s vision of Accessibility, Community Engagement, Applied Knowledge and Leadership, the four pillars that rest on our Land Grant foundation. So you can imagine how much fun it is to be in their service, to find new ways that MSU can enrich their lives, and to inspire them to join me in maintaining our “margin of excellence” with their own personal investment of time, talent and treasure.
We support this gigantic Spartan universe with fewer than 20 people at our MSUAA Mothership and a network of volunteers who lead nearly 150 MSU Alumni clubs around the world. It’s a 24/7 existence. As my wife says, “MSU isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle”. Imagine being able to do exactly what you love and get paid for it. That’s what I do. So the line between work and play is constantly blurred. I love it!
I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, thinking I wanted to be a railroad engineer, a rock drummer and a disc jockey. I entered MSU in 1973 and earned my BA on the five year plan, before that became the norm. I probably spent more time than I should have on activities beyond academia, but State prepared me well for the real world. I came to work at Michigan State after 32 years as a broadcaster, corporate executive and entrepreneur. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to check off many of the things on my bucket list and have been blessed with a wonderful family and a terrific support system of great friends.
Like anyone, I’ve shot myself in the foot, screwed up and have regularly demonstrated my imperfections. There have been some bumps along my life’s road, but that’s what makes a roller coaster ride interesting. I try to continually envision the future, live in the moment and not take anything too seriously.
Come join the fun!
East Lansing, MI
PS – It should go without saying, but I’ll say it. Unless you see me sign a post with my work title below it, the views expressed herein are my own and do not necessarily reflect the view point or opinions of anybody associated with Michigan State University. Nobody at MSU approves or authorizes what I write. So dump a ton of salt on it and follow any suggestions you may read on this site at your own risk.