Come to Central New York

The skyline of Syracuse doesn't begin to tell the real story of Central New York!I was thoroughly unimpressed as I drove into downtown Syracuse from Hancock International Airport in mid-February of 1987. It was battleship-gray, cold and it hadn't snowed in awhile which meant that everything looked dirty.

I had flown to Central New York from Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota - one of the cleanest metropolitan areas I've ever seen - for a job interview with Cornell Cooperative Extension - Onondaga County. I distinctly recall muttering "this is not going to work" as I drove south on Interstate 81 past ramshackle buildings, a huge junkyard and a vast complex of enormous oil tanks at the gateway to downtown Syracuse.

This is what Central New York looks like fifteen minutes from downtown Syracuse!To make a long story short . . . . . . . , was I wrong!

I got the job, met a wonderful woman who became my wife, started a small business and became something of a "celebrity" - all in the span of little more than a decade.

Along the way I've learned that there really isn't a better place to live, work, go to school, start a business, raise a family - and retire, too - than right here in Central New York!

Clean, fresh water is one thing we'll never run out of here in Central New York!Need more convincing?

Click on any of the topics at left for more of my experiences and opinions as a "non-native." And, feel free to contact me by phone, fax or e-mail if you'd like me to bend your ear for a couple of hours on the many virtues of my home - which is Central New York!