I was born in Wisconsin in October of 1954, but I was supposed to be born in January of 1955. I was 3 months premature. The chances of my survival was about 0.05%, yet, I was a fighter. I think, however, it was truly a miracle, because I was just four pounds and had to be put in an incubator and never was breast fed at all. That really sucks!
I grew up fast though, as a little Dennis the Menace rabble rowser (rascal). I was very independent and self determined. I must have had a lot of energy because my mother at times put me on a leash. I was also diagnosed, at least back then, with autism. It was not a full blown autism, but I was pretty much in my own world, a very imaginative one at that.
I was was not too good at relating to others but I compensated that with becoming more intellectual. I felt I had to have just a little more knowledge in order to fit in and be equal. I thought that this strategy should work, but it did not. I still got ridiculed and put down quite a bit in school, and even had some pretty mean tricks played on me. I got used to it, yet I just kept pursuing things individually and intellectually. This may have turned out to be to my advantage in the long run.
I found myself getting into the computer club and the chess club after school. I excelled at the chess club and also played my Russian Teacher a lot, who was excellent at chess. I only beat him a couple of times even after playing him hundreds of quick games. I eventually got to play in professional chess tournaments as well. Most of this happened in St. Louis, Mo. and this is the house that I lived in. My bedroom was behind the upper left window.
One of my biggest memories I have from there is our calico cat, who we named “Lollipop”. (We named her this, because she came in the house one time before we had officially named her, with a lollipop stuck to her hair and underbelly. (The song “Lollipop” was also in fashion) So Lollipop jumped up to the roof to my bedroom window overhang with a small rabbit in her mouth. She knocked at my window, to greet me and wanted to bring in her prize catch. There are plenty of good memories here, as it truly was one of my most favorite places and favorite times.
I later joined the Navy and became a Naval Corpsman and Lab Technician during the Vietnam Era. I did not see any real combat then, except for getting a chance to play on the Navy Chess team by winning third place in the Naval and just missed winning first. This was a milestone for me. As a Navy Chess team, we played in Washington D.C in the Armed Forces Tournament per government expense. If my memory serves me right it was the Army who won that tournament.
Another milestone for my life was that I was on the U.S.S. Guam LPH-9 (now decommissioned). It was a Helicopter Aircraft Carrier and we were to carry Marines to their destinations. One of my memories from here is being in a perfect storm kind of situation, where the waves were higher than the Air Craft Carrier. It was quite a humbling experience.
Here is a short video of the LPH-9. (The medical area, where we lived and worked, was on the back part of the ship just below the flight deck).
Note: The Video does not have sound
One of the places that I went when I was on the ship was to the Island of Haiti where we had a short liberty in Port au Prince. Most of the sailors went to party, but I wanted to explore the culture and the Island. Even back in the seventies, it was severely impoverished. I could not believe what I was seeing. I came to the conclusion that everyone in America is comparatively wealthy. I had just become a Christian at this point just a few months before. I remember going out on a pier in Haiti and looking up into the moonlit sky and made a promise to God that I would comeback somehow, thinking, “This is really messed up”.
I eventually did, as the church that I was involved with, back then, suddenly decided they wanted to do missionary work in Haiti. I went in to help with the medical stuff at the mountain clinic, gave shots, and managed the pharmacy. We fed people in the mountains, and when we went back down we worked in an orphanage with many children. If you are fairly young, this will change your perspective forever.
Fast forward a few years later, after getting out of the Navy and going to college I met my wife. She was also a Lab Tech there in New York, and we eventually ended up in San Antonio, Tx. As I aged I began to write books, four of them at least. One of them is a futuristic fiction novel, another is about the right mindset to have as an entrepreneur and how one should approach any business.
I wrote this book from experience, because in New York I started a Carpet Cleaning Company to get me through College and did it with a partner named Jerry Dimateo. He continued the company Emerald Floors, after I left, which is still in existence today. It was a good venture for me at the time, as we were successful, but my heart was in science and medicine and I wanted to help people in that way. Yet, I soon discovered something.
What I found over time that working for someone else wasn’t always fun. It seemed secure but I felt locked in, even though I was doing something I liked to do. This is why I started to write, as I saw that if I hit it big with a book than I could retire early. Yet, it didn’t go as planned. Even though I had the right mindset, something wasn’t working. My book did not move as I thought it would. I learned I had to be in charge of my own marketing instead of relying on others, because what I had been doing just wasn’t working.
During my book writing phase experience, I found a few online courses sold by Internet Marketers that taught me how to self publish and gave me some tips at marketing. Yet, by then, something began to intrigue me and spoil me. I began to realize that while selling books is good and that it can work, what if I could take that same information and sell it online. What if I could sell it as a e-course or a video course. What if I could do reviews for products, and/or even create my own products.
This was the game changer. I heard someone say, “If you don’t learn to master marketing online, you will be soon standing in line”. The world is moving very fast towards online sales, it is the cutting edge, and many mortar and brick stores are shutting down because they cannot keep up with the online competition. So this is what has lead me to where I am today.
I have now have two mission motives. One is to be successful online and the other, is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now to some that may be offensive, I get it, but he is a really understanding and loving person, and by the way that is not my imagination. It is good to know him. So I have a Christian online bookstore selling what we call Viddybooks.
As far as this particular site here, this is where I do reviews of products that I consider worthy of your attention and because of what they can do for you.
Overall, I want to share cool stuff with you and that is why this site is called, Cool Content Marketing – (Cool Content, Cool Offers).
James ReganA quick note about the reviews I do on this site. The product vendors give me access to their products for free in order for me to do my review. However I make no promises to them regarding the results of my tests or what I will write in my review. Should you click a link that takes you to a sales page for a paid product for sale this link will be an affiliate link and I will be paid a percentage of the sales price should you decide to invest in it.