Gary is from Illinois, Kath is from Ohio, and we met in Austin, Texas. Gary was writing a book and Kath was assigned as the technical illustrator. We dated from 1200 miles for 15 months before marrying in 1994.


Our Afghan Hounds


    Katharine’s Horse


Gary and Katharine with Chloe and Derby, in our driveway (2002)

Our house

View of Mt. Diablo from our front porch. Vineyards are just out of view to the left.

Gary with mom and dad and sister Jill.

Gary’s favorite picture of Kath.

Gary’s dad as a sailor in WWII.

...And a favorite picture of Jill (1982)

Dad in 2001. He was a frogman in Underwater Demolition Team #4, serving in the pacific.

Gary attempts to play bass with Jeff Buenz, a really great Bay Area guitarist. When it comes to bass, I’m a huge enthusiast, but barely a player. That’s a Pedulla Buzz fretless that I’m abusing.

Katharine is an accomplished flute player, with way more musical talent and experience than I can begin to fathom...

My cousins still live in the midwest. We sure had a lot of fun growing up together.

In front is cousin Wendy and her husband, Tom, and also cousin Lynne in the back. Tom and Wendy’s kids are Kersten, Brian, and Peter.

Mom, in her high school graduation photo.

Mom’s parents, Esther and Oscar. He was a Svedish carpenter. Guess that’s where I got my interest in woodworking!

Kath’s Crash

In October, 2003, Katharine was hit by a big truck while riding her bike. It changed everything. Her story of survival is documented in a chapter of The Survivor’s Club by Ben Sherwood. There is also an article by one of her trauma surgeons at the Stanford School of Medicine: The patient who never should have survived. And here is the talk she gave at the Stanford trauma survivors reunion: Twenty-Two India.