Who is the Guru?


I grew up when television was featuring the Jackie Gleason Show and families had two parents. I like IKE buttons were worn, and the coolest movie out there was War of the Worlds. I even survived the Vanport flood of 1948. I remember when everybody smoked ’cause it was cool; now nobody smokes ’cause it ain’t cool. I grew up as the oldest of three kids and became responsible at an early age. I went to Richmond grade school in SE Portland, and I attended Lake Oswego High School. I graduated from Portland State in 1966. Served in Viet Nam in 1967. Lived in Germany in 1968 and 1969. Worked my way through school in the carpet business, and started Carpet Classics in 1976.


I married my dream girl whom I’d met in high school. Janet and I have two grown sons, Matt and Marc. Now that there is just the two of us at home, we spend time (when not working at the store) visiting friends, making trips to the beach, and enjoying working around the yard.

Hobbies include attempting to play the piano, learning enough about computers to survive the twenty-first century (which involves learning css), and adding to my and Itunes Movie collection of action movies. You’ll notice there is not a great deal of physical activity there, but my knees are in bad shape from having installed carpet in my twenties.