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Chronological Employment History

March 2004- Present:  Freelance/contract writer/photographer/videographer

October 1985- February 2004:  Technical Editor, then promoted to Technical Director in 1995, Trailer Life Magazine and MotorHome Magazine, publications of The Affinity Group, Inc. with a combined monthly circulation of 450,000 subscribers.  Duties included, but were not limited to, managing new RV and towing vehicle road tests, technical and product evaluation feature story segments, associated photography including frequent magazine cover photo responsibilities, supervision of assistant editor(s), and coordinating road test and feature story assignments from a wide variety of freelance contributors.   In addition to monthly proofreading responsibilities and editorial oversight of all technical information, provision of editorial and technical oversight of related Affinity Group publications such as the annual RV Buyer’s Guide. Experienced in the Macintosh PC environment including the use of Word, QuarkXpress and Final Cut Pro III digital video editing system.

Reference -Bob Livingston, Affinity Group VP, RV content.

Late 1983 - October 1985:  Feature Editor/Writer, Four Wheeler Magazine.  Feature and technical writer, technical how-to stories, racing, travel, personality profiles and new vehicle road tests. Also served as the Southern California lead contact for visiting staffers from 4x4 Magazine, the Japanese equivalent of the U.S. Four Wheeler Magazine.   Coordinated a 10-day event with group of Japanese 4x4 Magazine staffers and two video crews filming U.S.-built 4x4 vehicles in a variety of U.S. off-pavement recreation locations.

February 1982 - late 1983:  Editor, Truckin' Magazine, McMullen Publishing Co. Oversight of monthly magazine content as well as direct preparation of feature and technical stories, with related photography. 

1976 - late 1981: Precision Roof Trusses, Clackamas, Oregon.  Production and construction oversight. 

Previous employment history / references provided upon request. 

Commercial Publications Authored and Freelance Assignments

2001 -Present: Author of biannual Sportsmen's RV column for Outdoor Life Magazine

1993 - Present:  Author of Rolling Homes, a monthly syndicated U.S. newspaper column on RVs, part of the Motor Matters syndicate, circulation approx. 75 newspapers.

1978 - present: Freelance contributor to Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, Field & Stream, SN3 Modeler, Sports Afield, Trailer Boats, Recumbent & Tandem Rider, Four Wheeler, Truckin’, Off-Road, Petersen’s Four-Wheel & Off-Road, 4x4 Magazine (Japan), Auto-Magazine (Holland), Overlander (Great Britain), Quattro por Quattro (Germany), 4WD-Automagazine (Sweden).

1997 and 2004: The MDC Shay Handbook  (a model railroader’s guide) for Oso Publishing Company,1997; a 104 page detailed handbook including extensive photographic details. 2004, 2nd book in progress, The Steam Locomotive Handbook.

1998 - Present:  Ongoing new product press release photography/writing/distribution for Hartland Locomotive Works, a model railroad equipment manufacturer.

1995 - Present:  Associate Editor for Timber Times magazine, a historic and modeler’s journal covering the logging industry.

 Education & Training

1974: Clackamas Community College, three credits short of an Associate's Degree

1972: High School diploma, Oregon City, Oregon.

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