Me. Educated at the
University of Utah and Brigham Young University in foreign
languages, computer science and linguistics, I worked as a
computational linguist for the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints from 1984 until 2006, when I took early
retirement to pursue independent opportunities. I served a
2-year mission in Austria. I love languages, travel,
genealogy, computers, books, humor, and helping people bring
out their greatness. I have a black belt in TaeKwon-Do you may hear me yodel on occasion. When I'm not
I own and operate OCH Distributing,
the North American agent for DistilPure™ MSM.
I work for
Eleutian Technologies, teaching English to
students in Japan and Korea using webconferencing
Whenever possible, I volunteer at seminars conducted
by Klemmer and Associates,
the premier leadership and character development company
I am launching The Academy of
Greatness, a preparatory school for young world leaders
and entrepreneurs, and a place of impeccable excellence
and absolute safety.
companion. Born in Florida, raised in Maine, having brought
up four superb offspring largely on her own, this is one
phenomenal lady: Funny, witty, ingenious, gregarious,
service-minded, charitable and kind, hardworking, amazing
cook, not afraid to try haggis (),
has read more science fiction than I have (inconceivable!),
eclectic taste in movies and music, adventurous and bold,
loving, tender, willing to be open to surprises and wants to
make a difference in the world. And, wonder of wonders, she
thinks I'm OK. I am a very, very, lucky guy.
served a mission in Samara, Russia. He has studied business
administration at the University of Phoenix and owns Skyline Window Cleaning, a local home maintenance
company. Courtney has a natural talent for business.
He has a phenomenal ability to buy low and sell high, which
started in school as he made mind-boggling amounts of money
buying and selling
Magic the Gathering cards. Uncanny sense of business. He
would make a good stockbroker or a razor-sharp attorney, if
he weren't so honest.
Courtney married Mindy
Hendricks. They are very happy.
Notice the world's cutest grandkids...
Fortunata is an
artist of exceptional skill. She has a gift for creating
magnificent work in whatever medium she puts her hand do.
She has spent time in Europe and Japan, has traveled
extensively through the country selling her artwork, attends
Burning Man whenever she can, and is
currently on the road again, living a more or less Freegan lifestyle, trying to create beauty with minimal
impact on the Earth's resources. She supports herself
by designing and creating custom artwork for her friends and associates,
including stunning clothing design.
A Fortunata Creation
completed his schooling in Salt Lake City. During his senior
year at Skyline High, he was president of the Troubadors,
the male barbershop chorus. He has attended Utah State
University and completed an associate's degree at Salt Lake
Community College. He is currently self-employed and very
much active in the Move to
Amend effort. MikeD has numerous
interests, and only time will tell which one will carry him
The DeSantis family tree has its roots in the Italian village of
San Pietro Apostolo , in the province of Catanzaro. To explore or to
help me enrich our family's history, visit the
DeSantis Family History Page .
This will be a place to gather information regarding the descendants
and ancestors of William Draper, Jr., the Mormon polygamist and
first mayor of Draper, Utah. The Draper family history site is
currently in preparation.
Joseph V. DeSantis
My father, Joe DeSantis, had
an interesting career as an actor and sculptor.
My mother, Margaret
Draper, was an actress and humanitarian service worker.
“Make the world work,
for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time,
through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offense or the
disadvantage of anyone.” -R. Buckminster Fuller
The Academy of Greatness is designed to be a private preparatory
school like no other. A place of impecable excellence and absolute
safety, its mission is to graduate students who are keenly
aware of their power and potential, and who are willing and able to make
a massive difference in the world. We anticipate beginning classes with an initial student body of 100 to 150 students.
We extend to you an invitation to explore this website and consider the
power of this dream. If you can contribute in any area where we have
need, or would like to be part of this incredible project, please
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports: "Most
people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet
alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized
trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin
supplements." (JAMA 2002 (Jun 19);
287 (23): 3127–3129)
A vast body of double-blind placebo studies published in journals
such as JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, British Lancet,
and Annuals of Internal Medicine points to oxidative
stress, caused by free radicals in the system, as the root
cause of degenerative diseases such as heart attacks, strokes,
diabetes, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s dementia, macular
degeneration, lupus, MS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and a host
Our own bodies are our greatest weapon in fighting off the effects
of oxidative stress, but in order to do the job, they need proper
nutritional supplements offer the most complete and balanced as well
as the highest quality cellular nutrition on the market today. USANA
is also an ideal business opportunity for people who would like to
run a home-based business and develop multiple, long-lasting
residual streams of income.
Loss & Natural Hormone Clinic is a specialty practice
in Holladay, Utah, where patients come first and healthcare is more than
"take two aspirin and call me in the morning." The
clinic specializes in
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), the treatment of
symptoms relating to menopause and
andropause, weight loss and nutritional health. The
Practitioner is my ex-wife, one of the finest people I have ever
If you are interested in increasing professional or personal
effectiveness and the quality of your life, have a look at
Klemmer & Associates, the
premier leadership and character development company.
Start by attending a
Champions' Workshop in your area.
I love to cook, almost as much as I love to eat. Unfortunately for
most people, my tastes run from the sublime to the bizarre. Visit
my Banquet from Hell
for a sample; there you will meet my good friend and online persona,
The Old Wolf.
The spelling of Erse
Gets worse and worse!
They call it Cu Chulainn...,
A short story:
One day in New York, around 1969, I stopped to use the phone in a pub,
and while there I struck up a conversation with the bartender. The
conversation turned to languages, and when I told him that I enjoyed
learning them he said to me, " Well, don't learn
Gaelic ". This ominous warning piqued my curiosity, and that very
day I went and found a copy of Teach Yourself Irish by Myles
Dillon and Donncha Ó Cróinin.
Pronunciation was a problem; it would take a native speaker to help me
understand that Laoghaire, for instance, is pronounced Leary.
So I set the book aside until about 1990, when I discovered an Irish
course in my local library system, Cúrsa Gaeilge by the
Linguaphone Institute. With the help of this "Rosetta Stone",
unfortunately out of print, I began making progress. Since then I
have discovered numerous excellent courses both in print and on the net.
If you're interested in learning Irish, I would recommend Learning
Irish by Michael Ó Siadhail; Teach Yourself Irish; or
Buntús Cainte;Rosetta Stone announced
their first-level Irish course on 14 March 2008, and their methodology
is very effective.
I have been enchanted by this intriguing language
and its intriguing speakers. In 1998 I fulfilled a lifetime dream to
visit Ireland with my family, and spent a week in Abbeyville Cottage in
Cill Mocheallog (Kilmallock). We explored the Dingle peninsula and
stopped in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) area of Baile an Fhirtéaraigh
(Ballyferriter); nearly fell off the cliffs of Moher; saw Waterford
crystal being made; experienced a medieval dinner at Bunratty Castle
near Limerick; explored the rock of Cashel; went horseback riding in a
brisk Irish rain; attended church meetings in Tralee; kissed the Blarney
stone and dined at the Deanery in Cork... I'm afraid all it did was whet
my appetite for more. The reality far exceeded the expectation. A
blessing on this lovely land and its equally lovely people.
If you would like to explore with me a beautiful part of our world, a
good place to start is here.
My Name is Yu Ming-
Follow the adventures of Yu Ming, a young Chinese shopkeeper in
a dead-end job, who moves to Ireland to start life anew... only
to find out that the "old language" is no longer in use!
Dysphasia - Pity poor Michael Murphy! After a night of
celebrating with a friend, he wakes up with a hangover and a
problem: He no longer speaks or understands English, and
can only speak Irish! How will he solve this difficult
Interesting Places to Surf
The web is so large, it's often hard to know where to start. But
here are some places that give you a good overview:
- Displays searches with a graphical topical interface
In 1986, while attending a MacWorld convention in San Francisco, a
random vendor shoved a cassette into my hand. "Hey, free stuff," I
thought, and jammed it into my bag along with all the other brochures,
pens, sponge toys and trash that one gathers at such an event.
What I didn't know was that I had just been given an album by Jan-Edward
Vogels, some of the prettiest, most soothing keyboard music I had ever
heard. You can hear samples of his instrumental and vocal tracks
at his website, Mind4Sale.com.
I especially recommend Mind Movies and Dreamworks.
I believe in a world that works for everyone, with no one left out.
That makes it hard to declare membership in either of the dominant
political parties, because there's so much partisanship - it seems as
though each party wants to cut out half the world. I look at issues,
support the concept of limited government, and hope to make a difference
by voting for people who seem genuinely interested in building a better
world. I watch the Truth-O-Meter
from the St. Petersburg Times to try to cut through the screeds on
both sides of the aisle, and get most of my news from the
I have been privileged to
be a friend of the amazing comedic entertainer and Disney Legend, the
honorable Wally Boag, since I was about 6 years old. I recall
being taken to Disneyland by my father in its earliest years, meeting
Walt Disney, and seeing Wally's show at the Golden Horseshoe Revue many,
many times. Wally has just published his autobiography, Wally
Boag: Clown Prince of Disneyland - Visit the links on the left to find out
more about Wally, and by all means, buy his book!