About

Mark was born and raised on Long Island, in the State of New York, in the United States.  He attended public school, Kindergarten through 12th grade.  He loved to read and hated sports.mark profile (b&w)

After high school he attended college, majoring in economics and minoring in geography.  After college, he worked for a few years at an energy trading company near Washington, D.C.  Then he attended law school, and has held a variety of jobs since then.

Mark now lives in New York State’s Capital Region with his wife and children.

Op-Ed Pieces

Tales of the Tests We Loved to Loathe” (Times Union, Albany NY, March 27, 2010) (PDF)

Oh, the days of bus fumes and horseplay” (Times Union, Albany NY, Sept. 9, 2010)

When Halloween Was the Ultimate Treat” (Times Union, Albany NY, Oct. 15, 2011)

Schlabadoo

Mark’s first blog was called Schlabadoo, running from October 11, 2010, through October 11, 2015.  For a while the editors at WordPress.com had it listed as a Recommended Blog, under Culture.  They also selected the following three posts to be Freshly Pressed:

Remember When Cameras Used Film? (1/19/2011)

Remember When You Could Bring Lip Gloss on an Airplane? (3/7/2011)

Remember When There Was Only One Type of Post-It Note? (7/25/2012)

Out of this same blog, he wrote a post about Z. Cavaricci pants for writer and pop culture devotee Clay Morgan.  And he wrote “My First Grade Teacher Must Have Had Stock in Crayola” for teacher, writer and artist Renée Schuls-Jacobson.

All of the posts from Schlabadoo are here on the Blog page.

The Issue Box

The Issue Box is a political issue voting and ranking website that Mark developed with a friend – and by “developed” he means that he had the idea and his friend did all the designing and coding, a most equitable division of labor.  Totally anonymous, users can create any issue they want – “The United States should invade Mars” – select whether they agree or disagree with the statement, and then watch their issues go up on the board and see who else agrees or disagrees.

screen shot of the issue box homepage