The Bassman is a retired business executive who currently lives in New Jersey, USA.

I spent most of my career on Wall Street working for global banks.  Most of that time was in IT, where I was usually either the CIO (Chief Information Officer) or CTO (Chief Technology Officer).  A bit of that time was running Brokerage Operations.

I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, which did not make me very qualified to be teaching graduate students at the age of 23 – which I did anyway, immediately after finishing my dissertation.  By the time I was 25, I had been hired by NYS as the Head of EDP (Electronic Data Processing) for a small research center, which I was similarly not qualified to do.  In response to my hire, 8 of the 10 people in my new empire promptly quit.

Before that I was a child.  I may still be a child.


Vox Cougar Bass, c. 1966

Along the way, I learned to play guitar and bass guitar (hence my nickname).  I was in a few bands in high school and college, but gave that up after getting married, getting a real job, having kids, buying a house, and generally pretending to be an adult.  In my fifties I discovered that I could actually write some songs, and could buy enough technology to make a go at recording them.  So I did that for quite some time.  I also joined a bar band, which made a bunch of noise for a few years and even played around northern NJ for a bit.  Fortunately, I never had to earn a living making music – I certainly would have been living in my car had I needed to.


A pair of Rolleis

While I’ve always been interested in photography, that really took off after I retired, got some education, and really started paying attention to what I was shooting.  I’ll show some pictures on this blog from time to time.