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Q: Why did you join Alpha Chi Rho in the first place?

A: I Joined AXP in my sophomore year. My freshman year neighbor in Hill House, Dan Stone (W ’83) had rushed and joined freshman year and was meal steward for the house. He knew I was not happy with the meal plans at Penn’s dining halls, and although I was living in Superblock then with three roommates, I joined the AXP meal plan. When the brothers learned I was a good athlete, they recruited me for their intramural football team, and I got to be good friends with the other guys. I joined that spring with initiation and lived in the AXP house from that summer all the way through graduation.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from your time in the chapter?

A: I have a lot of fond memories of times with the brothers, but in particular in my sophomore year, we were playing rival Phi Kappa Sigma in intramural football. I only say rival because they were next door to us and there had been some history of conflict before then. But Phi Kap was a much larger house and, by all accounts, a competitive fraternity while AXP was not. But that year, AXP recruited a number of guys who happened to be good at sports. So we played them near the end of the season with both houses having a good record. It was a tight game and came down to their last possession, trailing by a touchdown. They drove the ball to within scoring distance, but on what would be the last play of the game, I intercepted the quarterback’s pass at our own goal and returned it for a touchdown to seal the game. They were stunned.

An equal but similar memory was senior year. I was now the quarterback of the team, and we had a lot of solid players and were playing in the highest intramural division. Our first game of the year was against ATO, which had gotten into a lot of trouble the prior spring and had this reputation as very tough and ruthless. We were still something of upstarts. They had won the championship the year before. They came onto Franklin Field hooting and hollering with about 40 brothers and their friends, which was more brothers than we had in our house. We smoked them 16-0 and played terrific the whole game, and they left the field dead silent.

Q: Do you still keep in touch with any of your brothers?

"I’m pleased to say that a dozen or more of my AXP brothers have been lifelong friends, and we can drop any pretense around each other because nobody’s fooling anyone."

A: Joe Havlick doesn’t live too far away, so we see each other several times a year. The class AXP of ’83 and some of the class of ’81 (including my fraternity little brother Marty Isaac) communicate regularly via email, and we meet each year at AXP ’83 President Mark Coogan’s cabin in Becket, Mass. I’m pleased to say that a dozen or more of my AXP brothers have been lifelong friends, and we can drop any pretense around each other because nobody’s fooling anyone.

Q: Tell us about Liveware Publishing Inc. What inspired you to start the company?

A: I have a business degree from Wharton and always wanted to work for myself. After Penn, I started to work heavily with computers and software to enhance business processes and decision support. When I got married, my wife was working so I had some space to start my consulting business focusing on those areas and slowly built a clientele which has helped sustain the business for over 25 years. In 1999, my partner and I bought the rights to a software program and we have sold licenses for it and provided related professional services since then. I probably haven’t made as much money as I might, but the work is fulfilling and we have strong relationships with clients.

Q: What else have you been up to since graduation?

A: I got married to my wife Pam in 1989 and our son, Sam, just graduated from Towson University. I’ve played on recreational sports teams all this time, and still play in adult hardball leagues even though I just turned 55. I also write novels in the literary fiction genre under a pen name, although I don’t make any money at that. I’m active in politics and ran for office in my township in 2013, and managed 45% of the vote for supervisor as a Democrat even though Republicans outnumber Democrats more than 2-1. I joined Rotary in 2002 and have been an active member since then. I served as club president in 2004-2005, and will again for a merged club in 2017-2018.

Q: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?

A: Without a doubt, my greatest accomplishment was defeating (along with my able lawyer) a large corporation and their army of high-priced lawyers in a copyright infringement/breach of licensing contract case. They had underpaid their royalties, tried to cover it up, and fought us every step of the way, but we emerged completely victorious in arbitration. They underestimated our skill and resolve, and got crushed, along with their lawyers.

Q: What advice would you give to future generations of Alpha Chi Rho members?

A: As advice for my junior AXP brothers: The world is a hard place, but people are generally honest and trusting. But nearly everyone will look out for themselves first so always plan for contingencies and play it straight. Short-cuts rarely work out.