Steve's book, Fair Winds, Following Seas, and a Few Bolters, covers his years as a naval officer and carrier aviator, landing signals officer, and instructor at NAS Miramar, catapulting off and slamming onto aircraft carriers with some of the best pilots in the world. His tour with the VAW-113 Black Eagles aboard the USS Constellation spanned the last throes of the Cold War. Following a short turn-around, the Black Eagles spent another six months aboard the USS Independence, including over 100 consecutive days on GONZO station in the Gulf of Oman during Operation Desert Shield.
Following the Navy, Steve attended the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 1997. He spent thirteen years practicing antitrust, intellectual property, and securities law at international law firm Gibson Dunn, followed by twelve as a senior trial attorney at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Steve earned an aerospace engineering degree (co-op) from Georgia Tech in 1985. It took him over twenty years to pay off his undergraduate and law school debt. He does not begrudge anyone that, but would prefer not to pay the debt of others who pursued overly expensive or unmarketable degrees, for several reasons. He can be a bit of a curmudgeon that way.
Steve lives with his beautiful wife of 30 years Patricia and two dogs in Colorado. He and Patricia have three children, now in their twenties. They are immensely proud of each of them.