I grew up in Calumet City, Illinois and went to high school at St. Francis DeSales.
I attended Northern Illinois University for 2 years and then went to the Divers Academy of eastern Seaboard to become a commercial deep sea diver. A recurring knee injury took me out of that field and put me behind a truck for the next 25 years. I ended up at Hanover Central High School as a custodian and a substitute teacher. I have also coached middle school and high school students for various sports.