Hobbies and interests:
GI Joe, current events, 80s music and culture, James Bond films, obscure toylines, space exploration and science, pulp novels, classic radio serials and cartoons and animation.
I'm a social studies teacher by profession, who has always been captivated by toys. I guess part of my love of toys comes from the fact that a toy represents a snapshop of a society at a certain point in time. I've come to appreciate the toy industry; it's marketing, manufacturing and designing, almost as much as I enjoy the toys themselves.
Growing up, GI Joe was my favorite toy. I couldn't get enough of the toys, or the cartoon. I loved having adventures with my Joes. Saddly, I felt the need to grow up for a while and stopped with GI Joe for several years. On a fateful day in 1997 I looked up GI Joe on the Internet on a whim... and I've been back into GI Joes every since.
I started out with my very own site, The Eagle's Nest, and watched the fandom grow by leaps in bounds in the years since. I ran a site called OmegaBattalion, which was an early attempt to account for all GI Joe fans online and to bring them together. I also helped run one of the very first GI Joe role playing games online.
Today, I am a proud member of the JoeBattleLines family. I'm an avid cartoon fan, it's my prefered version of GI Joe, but I also support people's rights to enjoy what ever they want. Toywise, I concentrate mainly on the new toys. My classic collection is complete, so I was ready for something new.
I live in Ohio. I was born here, raised here and pretty much I'm staying here. I teach now, but I've worked as a computer consultant, web page designer and reporter for a newspaper. Where my future leads? That I have no clue. My own classroom and space for my GI Joes are all I really require.