I grew up on an Iowa farm (pigs & cattle, corn & beans), and escaped into outer space, comic books, and monster movies at an early age. Attended the University of Iowa, concentrating on film studies & production and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; spent 4 years in the Air Force processing aerial reconnaissance film; worked in motion picture labs (Minneapolis and New York City), followed by film & video distribution, subtitling, and most recently an awards program in NYC, where I got paid to see movies, watch TV, and read books. A perfect job for me, until it ended. Along the way I’ve written film reviews and articles for papers in Iowa City and Minneapolis. Throughout all of this, I’ve been an avid (okay, obsessive) filmgoer ever since seeing my first movie in a small Iowa theater thousands of films ago. And it’s still there! The Vista Theater in Storm Lake, Iowa.