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 hundreds of stories in the Princeton Alumni Weekly, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Denver Post, Marathon & Beyond, the Coloradan, and many other publications.
I am the only living grandson of US 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 November 22, 1943. Learn more
In May 2015 I was part of an archaeological team from History Flight, Inc., that located and recovered my grandfather’s remains, along with those of more than forty other Marines killed on Tarawa. He was buried in Knoxville, Tennessee with full military honors on September 27, 2015.
Bones of My Grandfather, my book about my grandfather’s life, legacy, my recent travels to Tarawa, History Flight’s efforts, and more, will be published by Skyhorse Publishing in July 2018.
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 iconic McGuckin Hardware in Boulder, Colorado.
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, skepticism, and religion; running; mountain climbing, especially Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks; long-distance hiking; 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 a fine old cat named Frodo. This is the first time I’ve lived anywhere besides the Rocky Mountains or California since college.