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Many of my friends say that I’m a “Child of the Sixties” and I must agree.

Over the years I have gone from a “Goldwater Republican” too a “Robert Kennedy Democrat” and find no contradiction in that switch.

As a distant relative to Judge Learned Billings Hand, often known as the “First Free Speech Judge”, I come by “Progressiveness” honestly and naturally.

Growing up I always wanted to be a writer, no wonder I enjoyed the Walton’s when it was a hit TV show, and blame that “bug” on Mr. Backus (11th grade English) and the Warren Harding publication “The Cauldron.”

Born in England of an English “Mum” and a “Yank” Dad has given me a more “Continental” outlook on the social and political aspects of life, throw in Viet Nam Era Vet; Kent State University student May 4th, 1970 and WKSU News Director; Businessman; Past President Downtown Warren Business Association; Chairman City Traffic Commission; Cable Renewal Committee; Vice Chairman Parks and Recreation Committee; first openly “gay” candidate for local office Warren, Ohio; an elected John Kerry Alternate Delegate to the 2004 DNC plus being in a committed life partner relationship for 28 years (4 years married) and you have some of the internals that makes this “Baby Boomer” tick.

“If you don’t stand for something, then you’ll fall for nothing.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Bill permalink
    12/19/2007 1:04 pm

    Tristan, you have put a lot of time, effort, and thought into your website and its entries. Much to think about! Bill

  2. 12/19/2007 6:57 pm

    Appreciate the support and comments.

  3. 03/04/2009 4:44 pm

    Very thought-provoking blog. Keep up the great work.
    Best wishes,
    Tony Molnar-Strejcek
    Publisher of Pittsburgh’s Out newspaper

  4. 05/12/2009 11:48 am

    I was wandering through some of the blogs and was surprised to see your mention of my story about the small town of Columbiana, Ohio. I was pleased because I honestly wondered if anyone ever read all those stories I wrote for the Ohio Motorist Magazine.

    I would invite you to check out my blog, and welcome any suggestions you might have for stories that I can do in the Warren-Youngstown area.

    Neil Zurcher

  5. 01/07/2010 11:27 am

    I can’t help asking this…

    So, when are you getting married?

  6. 01/07/2010 12:07 pm

    Ohio is not one of the 6 states that allow for “gay” marriages or civil unions. We don’t think going to another state to be married, and which would not be recognized in our home state, an advancement of the cause. When Ohio finally does have total civil rights than we will avail ourselves of those rights. Until then we keep working to educate towards that end.

  7. 01/08/2010 12:34 pm

    I hope and pray for a more enlightened attitude to prevail. As one friend pointed out, it makes no sense for people like you who have been in LTRs to not have the benefits of Marriage.

    It makes no sense to me anyway.

    I was a long term foe of even heterosexual marriage thinking it was just a piece of paper. Once I married, I realised that it was a racket with all sorts of benefits. It is not equal protection under the law to allow for people to not marry based on some stupid notion about marriage.

    It’s about property and always has been about property.

  8. 03/15/2010 4:08 pm

    Great blog; love it when I discover one like this interesting. Almost as great as, but I’m a little biased toward that one.

  9. Kenneth Killiany permalink
    12/07/2013 3:20 pm

    I was looking for this and stumbled on your entry on Ted Cruz, McCarthy, and Fred Van Ackerman. I am the nephew of Allen Drury. We are bringing out three of his books, and maybe more, very shortly. Send me your contact information at and I will make sure you get all the news. Very interesting thoughts.

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