Dennis was born in
Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Mary was born in
Manatí, Puerto Rico.
Animated flags courtesy of http://classroomclipart.com/
In the late 1990s, I sent a few audio clips and photos as email attachments to share with a few members of the now basically defunct RMAL News Group (rec.music.afro-latin). When several other members or RMAL expressed an interest on hearing and seeing more, I began to fill in and expand my musical autobiography and eventually created the first version of this site near the end of 1999 using Microsoft FrontPage 2 web site development platform.
This mainly musical autobiography spans my life with recollections, recordings, anecdotes, photos, etc., and includes original 1962 recordings of Guy Hoffman's Latins featuring the late great San Francisco pianist Carlos Federico, original 1964 recordings of Cesar's Men (Cesar Ascarrunz), and the many of the various groups with which I have played. Photos include several original 1970s photos of Celia Cruz and Pete Escovedo (Sheila E's father) by Rudi Petschek, photos of Larry Harlow and his bands dinner visits to our home, and photographs and recordings of some of bands with which I have played.
I later added additional pages including:
- my experiences with web site development and my solutions (including PHP functions) to many development problems
- my Latin Music Collection
- my Asian cookbook collection and recipes
- my Non-Asian cookbook collection and recipes
- my tea/coffee library and equipment collection
- drumming information and tips including tuning and playing tips and techniques
- some of my experiences with raising Arabian horses
- my model train hobby
- some experiences with my Spiritual Quest(s) & Other Weird Stuff
- and much more.
My wife, Mary continues to be a major influence in my appreciation of Latin music and culture, in general, and, of Puerto Rican music and culture, in particular.
Beginning in late 2014, I have begun to redesign the site using Progressive Enhancement and, possibly, jQuery Mobile and jQuery UI techniques to allow the site to be useable across multiple devices and browsers including multiple versions of IE.