Adolescent Escapades

South Milwaukee Jones

In 1985, I made a version of Raiders of the Lost Ark in my hometown of South Milwaukee. It was a year-long project born of his love for Indiana Jones, Steven Spielberg, and film-making in general. This is the trailer, made the wonderfully generous and talented Paul Janowski. Several other original films followed, but none have yet made it out of Super 8.


The Original Friends

The Original Friends

The Adventures of the Original Friends

The Adventures of the Original Friends tells the story of my childhood exploits, and was written by the sociologist Mumford Bloomfargen. It appeared in print on the tenth anniversary of my first encounter with the three “original” friends, the gang that would form the backbone of my adolescent existence.

Adventure #1: The Sewer Rat (Commentary)

More to come…

Recently, I prepared a picture book version for my god-daughters. The illustrator is Memo Angeles.


Stupidd Magazine
Stupidd Magazine was a satirical periodical that I published from age 11 to 13. After we found a distributor, we were approached by “Kid’s World” — a High School Junior Achievement program made entirely by 15 and 16 year olds — about doing an interview.

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