I was raised in Virginia and Pennsylvania. I put myself through college on scholarships and by working multiple jobs. I attended VMI and U.VA., then joined the Air Force, was stationed in Florida at Patrick AFB where I worked as a launch officer on the Minuteman program and participated in over 50 launches. This developed the Minuteman I and II program of multiple vehicle entry of thermonuclear weapons that has kept this nation safe since the 60s. After the USAF, I joined IBM, worked on the Saturn V Moon Rocket launch. This was the rocket that put the man on the moon. Then I returned to school at the U. PA Wharton School where I earned a Ph.D. in Economics.