Hi. I’m Robert. Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it, and hope you enjoy reading my trips through memory lane.
Since you’re here, I feel obligated to tell you a little about myself.
By day, I’m an Associate Professor of History and a campus administrator at a public university in California. I hold an MA and Ph.D. in United States History from the University of California, Riverside and a BA in History from San Diego State University. I’ve written about early 20th century factory towns, 19th century urban development, museum studies, and recently I’ve worked in the area of environmental conservation. I’m also a past American Council on Education Fellow. I know you’ve never heard of this, but it essentially means I’m a badass.
After I get home from the day job, I think, write, compose diplomatic emails, spend time with family and friends, watch “Dead Pool” and “Ted 2” over and over again, and organize my comic book collection. Comics have been a big part of my life, off and on, since I was 8 years old. I was lucky to grow up in a time of significant change in the comic book industry, and was equally lucky to have a mom and dad that that supported my habit, be it quick stops at the newsstand or longer sojourns to the very early Comic Con. Today I only have time to occasionally frequent a local specialty store, the amazing “Flying Colors Comics” in Concord, California.
My favorite meal is two tacos and a Jumbo Jack with cheese from Jack in the Box, with a glass of chardonnay. That’s right, chardonnay. Have you ever tried it? You’re missing out if you haven’t.
Although I was born and raised in San Diego, and am a proud member of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians in San Diego County, today I live in northern California with my wife Meri and son Aaron. Aaron is a plucky survivor of a serious form of muscular dystrophy called Spinal Muscle Atrophy. I plan on bequeathing my knowledge of comic books, as well as my collection, to him. But whatever is in the pages of those magazines, Aaron and his mom are the true superheroes.