I have been a professional writer and editor for 25 years, having worked for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) I have published in such publications as the Princeton Alumni Weekly, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Denver Post, Marathon & Beyond, the Coloradan and others.
I am the only living grandson of Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after he was killed in action on the tiny central Pacific atoll of Tarawa on Nov. 22, 1943. Learn more
In May 2015 I was part of an archaeological team from History Flight, Inc., that discovered my grandfather’s remains, along with those of 35 other Marines killed on Tarawa. He was buried in Knoxville, Tennessee with full military honors on Sept. 27, 2015.
I am currently seeking a publisher for my book about my grandfather’s life, his legacy, my recent travels to Tarawa, History Flight’s efforts, and more.
I worked as a cowboy from 1981-1987 and wrote a book, “I See By Your Outfit,” about those experiences. I published a children’s book, “The Winter Witch,” in 2005. In August 2015 I published “Behind the Green Vest,” the story of Boulder, Colorado’s iconic McGuckin Hardware store.
Some things I like: writing; reading — especially 20th-century American literature, science fiction from the 1940s onward, the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and non-fiction books about history, politics and religion; running; mountain climbing, especially Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks; long-distance hiking; running; cycling; scuba diving; sampling craft beer (never more than one at a time, though); dogs and pretty much all animals; surfing (but I suffer from living as a landlubber who can rarely go); summer; and lots of other things.
In July 2015 I solo hiked the 486-mile Colorado Trail, walking 21 and a half days and taking three “zeroes,” one each in Breckenridge, Princeton Hot Springs, and Lake City. From March to September, 2016, I hiked the Appalachian Trail, which runs for more than 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine. You can read about that trip by searching for “The Trail Is the Teacher” on this site.
In October 2015 I moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with my wife, three dogs and an old cat. This is the first time I’ve lived anywhere besides the Rocky Mountains or California.