Born on Wilshire Blvd. in downtown Los Angeles at the end if the 1940s. He began writing history at age 10 and went into the family line of teaching (4th generation) at age 25, having received his degree in education at California State University Long Beach. After 15 years of teaching in both public schools and industry, he started his publishing business in 1990. During the past 22 years he has produced 84 books on America's history and has been consulted on several documentary films. He lives with his wife and two grandchildren in historic Old Towne Orange, CA, a frequent location for the film industry.