About Me

  • Son of an Italian immigrant.
  • Native New Yorker.
  • Baptized, confirmed LCMS Lutheran. 12 years LCMS Lutheran parochial schools. So it’s on them.
  • University Honors Scholar in cinema studies (NYU). Internship at The Museum of the Moving Image.
  • Husband to Denise, a Realtor. Twenty-two years together and she’s not sick of me yet. Yet.
  • Britcom, 70s cinema, Orson Welles, Jacques Tati, Corner Gas enthusiast.
  • Once had Rambo for a boss.
  • Tried really hard to get David Letterman to be my boss.
  • Briefly the humor editor for Reader’s Digest, which is not as funny as it sounds. In fact, it doesn’t even sound that funny. Forget I mentioned it.
  • Have held virtually every editorial title there is—senior editor, Web editor, copy chief, managing editor, production editor, writer—for a wide variety of magazines, websites, newspapers, and book publishers, including Time, Discover, Field & Stream, Individual Investor, Men’s Fitness, First Things, Commentary, the HistoryChannel.com, Beliefnet.com, Modern Age, CBS.com, and the Wall Street Journal. Currently editor-in-chief of Religion & Liberty magazine and executive editor for the Acton Institute.
  • Have autographs from Neil Simon, James Coco, Danny Aiello, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Roy Scheider, Phil Esposito, and a signed letter from Snoopy.

“Any man can be 62, but it takes a bus to be 62A.”
—Spike Milligan (1918–2002)