A glimpse of what is to come from the author's own mouth: I was born in Eastern Canada to a family of modest means, but with deep roots dating back to the Mayflower. My ancestor in Massachusetts, though, only lasted a couple of weeks before coming into fatal contact with the local inhabitants, but thankfully his children arrived after and propagated profusely. I studied English Literature at the University of New Brunswick and generally interacted quite well with some much smarter people. Indeed a couple of my profs awarded me their highest marks. But literary criticism is a hard subject in which to get really great marks (especially near the home of Northrup Frye) so I didn't proceed onto reading the laws. Which may have been a good thing for both me and lawyerin'. I tried soldiering, but that just proved that I was a bad shot and had a slight problem with authority (since resolved). So I entered the business world and have spent considerable amounts of my own time and other people's money travelling to fascinating places and meeting interesting people. After my brother died in the 90's, I became a prominent infectious disease activist and was interviewed by about every major newspaper, television and radio station in Canada. We almost caused a downfall of our government by forcing a vote of non-confidence in Parliament and got a billion dollar plus guilt payment to the victims of the disease with which our family members had been criminally afflicted. Since these days of action, I've been active in politics and have become one of those reportedly shady characters that spend their days plotting sedition in smoky rooms. I've met any number of prominent political bigwigs, have the confidence of several and commonly get called on to make something happen, get something done or help get someone elected or defeated.