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Places I have Lived
I was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and lived in 11 Canadian cities and towns (Burlington, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Surrey, Agincourt, on a farm in rural Brock Township, Peterborough, Guelph, Cambridge, and Calgary) before moving to the United States.
At various points in my sordid past I attended Brock High School, Trent University, Fleming College (from which I graduated as a geological technician), Niagara College and Durham Technical Community College. I'm currently finishing a history degree at North Carolina State University where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. My thesis was on the rise of Smith & Wesson as an example of an early Chandlerian modern enterprise.
Other Stuff About Me
- I was a DJ at CFFF-FM from 1993 through 1995.
- I was a DJ at CFRU-FM from 1999 through 2000.
- I have owned seven different motorcycles.
- I play a Larrivée acoustic guitar and a Fender electric guitar.
- I use a MacBook Pro computer.
- I have traveled to Trinidad and Tobago, France, Iceland, England, Scotland, Canada, the United States, Cuba, the Netherlands and Egypt.
- My great-grandfather, William Helms, was the longtime mayor of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. We are patrilineal descendants of Israel Helm -- one of the first settlers in Pennsylvania.
- I am related to Betsy Ross through my paternal grandmother (nee Pile).
- We miss our English Springer Spaniel very much. 
Pages I have Contributed to
- Jacob Johnson, the father of former US President Andrew Johnson
- The Observator, a 17th century English newspaper
- The New-England Repertory, a Boston newspaper from the early 19th century.
- Southern States Confederate Currency
- Blues musician Blind Boy Fuller
- Canadian musician Stompin' Tom Connors
- Fleming College, the community college I graduated from in Lindsay, Ontario (there are also campuses in Peterborough, Haliburton, and Cobourg).
- Brock High School, my old high school in Cannington, Ontario.
- Sunderland, Ontario - my hometown.
- Larrivée (guitar company)
- Smith & Wesson Model 1
- Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2