It has to mean something that my first memory is of a car. Cars are in my DNA. My dad never threw off the car bug he inherited from his father, who sold cars in Western Pennsylvania. He had a succession of interesting cars, including the two Jaguar XK-Es in my 10/22/2011 blog. As a kid I could name all the cars by sight, and went with Dad to the showrooms every fall to see the new models.

My career counselors had no idea there were such things as automotive journalists in the early ’60s, so I entered architecture school. But I got my first summer job at an architect’s office on the strength of a color rendering I’d done of a classic Duesenberg.

I had no car in high school, but in college bought my first motorcycle, a used Honda. Every summer my buddy and I rode our motorcycles together on tours reaching from coast to coast and border to border. After graduation and before I reached the Minivan Years, I went through cars like popcorn. In those days I made some monumental road trips, including driving to the Arctic Circle before there was a real road.

In 1988 a friend asked me to help her with the search and purchase of a replacement for her VW Camper, the first of six I helped her with. Within a month I had another client, and put her son in a car at below invoice. That was the seed of Options in Mobility, the service that we call the “Car Uncle” here. It says CARMA; Your Automotive Advocate on my business card.

In the years since then, I have helped uncounted people with their automotive challenges. I’ve never advertised, letting the word of mouth from delighted clients carry the message that what I do is provide service custom-tailored to the client and the need. That’s my passion; to see them on a one-to-one basis and sense what it will take to help them feel comfortable with, and even enjoy a process that without me is usually as much fun as a root canal, with advice that award-winning journalist Denise McCluggage called “the clear crystal ring of truth.”

Most of the time the deals I find play out in a way we could never have anticipated. For that reason I can never promise I can do for one client what I did for another. What I can do is promise that in the end, you’ll be glad you had me on your side as your Automotive Advocate.


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