About Jeff

You can get the basic stuff from Wikipedia, but what you really want are the important things in life:

BACKGROUND
I grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, where I went to Whittier School, Benjamin Franklin Junior High School, and Teaneck High School.  My first girlfriend was from Teaneck.  So was my second. One of my brothers even married a girl from Teaneck! The place gets to you. Teaneck's two claims to fame: The first school system in America to voluntarily integrate its public schools, and home to the Isley Brothers.

FIVE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS I'VE READ IN MY LIFE
World Book Encyclopedia circa 1967, Orwell's 1984, Herman Wouk's THE WINDS OF WAR, Richard Halburton's THE BOOK OF MARVELS, and Ken Kesey's ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.

YOUNG ADULT WRITERS WHOM I WISH I COULD WRITE AS WELL
Jerry Spinelli, Rita Williams-Garcia

FIVE THINGS YOU PROBABLY WOULDN'T GUESS ABOUT ME
I'm an accomplished fisherman; I was on my high school state championship Ultimate Frisbee team;
I've been in the gym more days than not for 35+ years; I grow a mean vegetable garden; my favorite store is Big Lots.

FOUR FOODS THAT GOD SHOULD HAVE MADE KOSHER, BUT DIDN'T
Lobster, scallops, snails, and catfish.

FOUR FOODS THAT GOD SHOULD HAVE MADE NON-KOSHER, BUT DIDN'T
Wax beans, tofu, lima beans, and brains of any kind.

MOST PECULIAR PUZZLE-STORY IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
Balaam and his donkey

PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA, YEA OR NAY
Nay. An abomination.

HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO PACK ALL MY BELONGINGS AND MOVE TO A NEW RESIDENCE
Four hours. No lie. I have a very light footprint on the world