Cool Things About Me

I was elected President of my Toastmaster’s International club.

I was nearly kidnapped in Madrid as a child.

I climbed to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

An ancestor of mine, Philip Barton Key II, was murdered by a Congressman (Maj. Gen. Daniel Sickles).

I met then Vice President George H.W. Bush.

I rode the secret subway between the White House and the Capitol.

I met astronaut Wally Schirra, the fifth American in space.

I am related to Francis Scott Key, author of the “Star Spangled Banner”.

I had an audience with Pope John Paul II.

I looked into an active volcano from the rim (Mt. Vesuvius in Italy).

I’ve been in all four time zones in the continental US in 24 hours, twice.

I have set foot on six continents.

I made my first scuba dive at the age of 12.

I had a private tour of the Presidential Limousine from a U.S. Secret Service Agent.

I watched England’s Queen Mother’s Diamond Jubilee from Australia House.

I swam in Dunns River Falls in Jamaica.

I night dove off the coast of San Diego.

I had my first passport at the age of 1.5 and have had one ever since.

I have been to 36 countries.

I met software mogul Bill Gates.

I am related to F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of “The Great Gatsby”.

I swam in a Norwegian Fjord.

I’ve attended two full military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, both were relatives.

I rode a gondola in Venice.

I saw an opera from the Presidential Box at Lincoln Center in New York City.

I’ve had my writing published.

I saw the Roswell UFO crash site.

I met Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.

I rode a train from Milan to Geneva through the Alps.

I climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty up 354 stairs.

I’ve explored abandoned mine shafts in Death Valley.

I’ve driven from Stuttgart to Amsterdam on the Autobahn at 170 MPH.

An ancestor of mine, William Van Wyck Reily, was killed with Gen. Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

I’ve seen five plays on Broadway.

I’ve been to more than 100 unique airports.