I was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1954, the third of seven children. I have been happily married since 1975, and have two daughters. They'd rather keep their names out of this.
I read a lot (I recently counted more than 5000 books in my house) -- science-fiction, historical fiction, classics, and books about big ideas. I buy business books but rarely read past the first chapter. I read enough technical material at work that I try to avoid it at home. One of my favorite kinds of book to discover is the bestseller of a bygone era, the books that didn't quite make it to classic status but still reached millions of people. They can often tell us more about the unique sensibility of an era than the timeless classics.
I hike a lot with my wife, ride horseback sometimes (I have three icelandic horses), occasionally play basketball (badly), and grow my own fruit to make my own jam. I love to travel but it's usually business travel with a few extra days tacked on. I wish I had time to go walkabout.