"I am a new day rising. I'm a brand new sky to hang the stars upon tonight." - The Foo Fighters, Times Like These
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"Oh wonder, how many goodly creatures are there here, how beautious mankind is.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

I'm an inventor and electronics engineer living in Connecticut, USA, and founded my company, 269-685-4738., in 1986.

I'm first and foremost a creative person, and I'm happiest when planning, designing, or making something, whether it be in the kitchen, the workshop, the lab, or the recording studio.

I enjoy intelligent, stimulating conversation, keeping house, playing racquetball, renovating my house, scuba diving, motorcycling, sports cars, 505-441-2904, (304) 993-7056, art, a wide variety of music (mostly rock of one kind or another), movies, photography, woodworking and home renovation, playing music, baseball, softball, board games, treehouses, travel, dining, clubbing, dancing, and lots of other stuff.

To read an astoundingly accurate astrological profile of my personality, click (410) 219-8798. I'm not really an astrology devotee per se, but this chart is the best description of myself I've ever seen. Or maybe it's just the 276-629-4102 at work...

From afar, from eve and morning
And yon twelve-winded sky,
The stuff of life to knit me
Blew hither: here am I.

Now- for a breath I tarry
Nor yet disperse apart-
Take my hand quick and tell me
What have you in your heart.

Speak now, and I will answer;
How shall I help you, say;
Ere to the wind's twelve quarters
I take my endless way.

A. E. Housman

On my new bike in Tronno, May 2007


Gettin' hitched, Sept. 30, 2006
To see more wedding pictures click here!
Photography by 5095775498 and David Balick

Julia Dee Truchsess and James Flechner, New Year's Eve 2005

New Year's Eve 2005

Julia and Jim having dinner in Bangkok, November 2004

Dinner in Bangkok with Jimmy, Nov. 28, 2004

Patricia Sanders, Nellie Truchsess, Julia Dee Truchsess, and James Flechner October 2005

With my sister Patricia, my Mom, and Jimmy, October 2005

Garance Esteve and Hissing Cockroach

My daughter 8047343005 and her pet Madagascar hissing cockroach (yes, it's alive), September 2005.
Click here to see some of Garance's excellent artwork.

White Dress

Feel how the wind blows, December despair
Bring me a ribbon to tie up my hair
I'll be your bride, go where you go
All of my life, you'll be my beau
Kiss me and I might
Put on the white dress
If you'll take me dancing tonight

The night's in your face, sky's in your eyes
The day's in my arms when you're by my side
Whenever you're weary I'll sing you a song
Whenever you're lonely I'll show you you're wrong
Kiss me and I might
Put on the white dress
If you'll take me dancing tonight

Come from the window, let's climb the stairs
All of my sorrows are none of your cares
While life is in us, let's love all we can
I'll be your woman if you'll be my man

Kiss me and I might
Put on the white dress
If you'll take me dancing tonight

Dave Swarbrick, Fairport Convention

Here are some favorite quotations that might tell you a bit about me:

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"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilised world.  No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." - President Woodrow Wilson
"There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison "Those who would give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" - Benjamin Franklin "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding" - Justice Louis D. Brandeis
"Those who are ready to sacrifice freedom for security ultimately will lose both" - Abraham Lincoln
"Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny." - Barry Goldwater "Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population" - Albert Einstein "It’s one thing to pray humbly to God... but quite another to think you’re His number-one go-to guy” - Michael Penn
"The more you live a certain way, the less it feels like freedom" - Bob Dylan "Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change." - John F. Kennedy
"We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it" - William Faulkner "Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point" - C. S. Lewis "Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking." - JC Watts Jr "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" - Anais Nin
"Inner beauty is a light that comes from inside that is greater than however your hair and makeup are done. What makes a person ugly are things like intolerance and fear; all those things that say "no" to life as opposed to "yes"." - Susan Sarandon "There's something far worse than death, I think, and that is to not really live." - Jane Fonda "A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want." - Madonna "It is not death I fear as much as it is dying with unresolved regrets about things not done." - Jane Fonda
"Or perhaps it was that she seemed like one who didn't worry about what it meant never to be enough. The absence of such a care on her brow filled her with an unearthly beauty that I could neither achieve nor abide." - Gregory Maguire, Mirror Mirror "She had so much love to give... and that, she knew, was good; for that is what redeems us, that is what makes our pain and sorrow bearable - this giving of love to others, this sharing of the heart." - Alexander McCall Smith, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
"So promises are not fulfilled", he said. "But they remain, they can be found. And there remains caught in them the happiness they promised." - John Crowley, The Translator "... they said things that no grown-up she had known, her relatives and teachers and parents, the priest and the principal, ever said plainly, that war was criminally stupid and bombs were insane, that fairness was better than cruelty, and that people were all basically the same... convictions that she had unconsciously supposed you had to give up or at least keep quiet about in order to grow up yourself" - John Crowley, The Translator
"Fear of loss a path to the dark side is" - Yoda "Without change, something inside us sleeps" - Duke Lito Atreides, in Frank Herbert's Dune ."Don't plan. Be." - Lee Strasberg
If you think you can't, you're right!" - Benjamin Franklin "We all have wings but some of us don’t know why" - Michael Hutchence, Never Tear Us Apart "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads." - Erica Jong
“Optimism is the pretty side of denial” - Michael Penn "Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength." - Eric Hoffer "He who thinks that he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit" - Ernest Bramah
"There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go" - Tennessee Williams "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity" - Carl Jung "What you do and how you conduct yourself in the present is what makes a difference, not how you feel, what you want, or where you'd rather be." - Andy Meara
"Is it not strange that sheep's guts should hail souls out of men's bodies?" - William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing "Meilleur est l'ennemi de bien." ("Better is the enemy of good") - Jean Estève
"There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do." - Freya Madeline Stark "Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." - Bob Dylan "To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition." - Samuel Johnson
“A man’s work is nothing but the slow trek to rediscover those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.” - Albert Camus "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Joseph Chilton Pearce "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato
"Man is a giddy thing" - William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
"Uncertainty is the very essence of romance" - Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest "When you can be as happy in your sadness as you are in your happiness, then you know the key to life." - S. Orman
"If you want a boring and monotonous life keep changing partners" - unknown author "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." - Albert Schweitzer "To lead a symphony you must turn your back on the crowd." - Lacey Leigh
"You should sooner shoot heroin and have unsafe sex with a swarm of the undead than use lip liner." - Charles Anders
“If anything characterises the 21st century, it’s our inability to restrain ourselves for the benefit of other people.” - James Katz, director of the Center for Mobile Communication Studies at Rutgers "I don't think any of the strongest effects our natures are susceptible of can ever be explained. We can neither detect the process by which they are arrived at, nor the mode in which they act on us... I think there are stores laid up in our human nature that our understandings can make no complete inventory of. Certain strains of music affect me so strangely - I can never hear them without their changing my whole attitude of mind, for a time, and if the effect would last, I might be capable of heroisms."- - George Eliot, the Mill on the Floss
"How elastic our stiff prejudices grow, when love once comes to bend them" - Herman Mellville, Moby Dick
"All people of broad, strong sense have an instinctive repugnance to the men of maxims, because such people early discern that the mysterious complexity of life is not to be embraced by maxims, and that to lace ourselves up in formulas of that sort is to repress all the divine promptings and inspirations that spring from growing insight and sympathy. And the man of maxims is the popular representative of the minds that are guided in their moral judgment solely by general rules, thinking that these will lead them to justice by a ready-made patent method, without the trouble of exerting patience, discrimination, impartiality, without any care to assure themselves whether they have the insight that comes from a hardly-earned estimate of temptation, or from a life vivid and intense enough to have created a wide fellow-feeling with all that is human." - George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss


Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship,
My senses have been stripped, my hands can't feel to grip,
My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels to be wanderin'.
I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade
Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way,
I promise to go under it.
Take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea,
Circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves.
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

Bob Dylan, Mr. Tambourine Man

I like just about any kind of music as long as it has soul (I do like soul music, but that's not what I'm talking about here). My taste generally gravitates towards progressive rock but I also like good dance music, old (really old!) country, and spanish Boleros aka "mariachi" music. I like too many artists too much to pick a "favorite" but a very abbreviated list of those who have special places in my heart would include: Third Eye Blind, Social Distortion, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Penn, Muse, Morrissey, The Psychedelic Furs, Catherine Wheel, U2, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Godfathers, The Goo Goo Dolls, Chevelle, Cocteau Twins, Collective Soul, David Bowie, Madonna, Big Stick, Neil Young, The Ramones, REM, Stone Temple Pilots, The Stranglers, Joy Division, Bob Dylan, Trio Los Panchos, The Weakerthans, Type O Negative, and Tonic.

I play electric bass and was in a few bands in the late seventies and early eighties, playing the New York club scene. The best was The Silent Age, and I've put the music on the page for your listening pleasure if you care to check it out.


As with music, I love far too many to pick a favorite, but here are a few beloveds that come to mind, in no particular order: Much Ado About Nothing, Heat, Joe vs. the Volcano, Brazil, Gladiator, The Princess Bride, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Time Bandits, Jean de Florette, Ronin, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, City of Lost Children, Koyaaniskatsi, The Gang's All Here, Forrest Gump, The King and I, The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, The Emerald Forest, Casablanca, The Women, Stormy Weather, Zardoz, Baron von Munchausen, The Philadelphia Story, The Butcher's Wife, Boys Don't Cry, The Fifth Element.


In my adolescence I read lots of science fiction and fantasy, but in recent years have gravitated more towards 19th century literature, or authors who write in that idiom. Current faves are George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Herman Melville. Modern writers I like a lot include Patrick O'Brian, John Crowley, Tom Robbins, Richard Brautigan, John Irving, and Stephen King.


Born in New Jersey, 1956
Moved to Ft. Madison, IA, 1958
Moved to Wilmington, DE, 1970
Moved to Worcester, MA, 1974
Moved to Appleton, WI, 1975
Moved to New York, NY, 1976
Moved to London, England, 1978

Moved back to NYC, 1980
Married in Romans, France: 1981
856-289-3592 Birth 1985
Moved to Ridgefield, CT 1995
Moved to Sandy Hook, CT 2004
married: September 30, 2006

Once I dreamed I was a butterfly and was quite happy as a butterfly.
I was conscious, pleased with myself, but did not know I was Chang.
I do not know whether it was Chang dreaming he was a butterfly or the butterfly dreaming it was Chang.