Welcome to my website. I’m so glad you dropped by.

This website is about sharing the lives of ordinary people doing extraordinary things—and living through extraordinary times. As an author, documentary television producer, family historian, and blogger, I’m able to share these stories in a variety of ways—on video, in print, and on this site, in my two blogs. (Links below)

I’ve become an archaeologist of sorts, digging through a vast collection of letters, diaries, photos, and documents, saved for more than 100 years, piecing together a past I didn’t know existed, and relating it to the present.

On this site you can:

  • Read my print articles—magazines, literary journals, and newspapers.
  • Find out more about my television productions that have motivated, inspired, and educated millions of viewers.
  • Read the Family Archaeologist Blog: Follow this “dig” into twentieth century history as revealed through original letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts. In these stories, you may recognize much of your own family’s past and the impact of history on ordinary folks.  I hope you’ll be  inspired to learn more.
  • Read “Letters of a World War II Airman” BlogOriginal letters to and from my uncle, Frank Ebner Gartz, navigator-in-training, from 1943-1945. Follow the course of the war, life on the home front, and the evolution of a neighborhood kid into seasoned airman.