My Dossier

Andrew Joseph thinks he’s funnier than he is, but at least he is funnier than most people. See?

He was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years from parents born in India. You might think it makes him confused as to his own identity, but he knows he’s just a writer named Andrew.

Can you imagine being a Brown guy whose Japan-issued Canadian passport shows him to be born in England? Neither could Customs. He understood their confusion, however, even as they brought out the rubber gloves.

He has a neutral North American accent and is quite adept at figuring out where people are from  – even in countries that have multiple accents within their own private Idaho. He has never said “eh” except to amuse his American friends.

He is 55 (when the heck did that happen?), married (when the heck did that happen?), has a 14-year-old son (when the heck did that happen?), and since he began this blog over seven years ago (?!), he is with his third cat (don’t ask – it depresses him). He has a more talented younger brother (how the heck did that happen? Oh yeah… he actually tried in school) who won an Emmy for writing a kid’s animated program.

He used to be taller and had hair down past the middle of his back. He is very vain about his hair, and hates what Time is doing to it now. He hates how he has to wear glasses to read and write – especially when he has had to wear contact lenses just to see for the past several decades. Damn those Hardy Boys for making him read in the dark as a child.

He has over 35,000 comic books and a thousand pioneer aviation-related tobacco cards – all of which his wife would like to see sold. He also likes to build LEGO dioramas (usually with a Japanese theme), and coaches kid’s baseball and hockey (and had previously coached girl’s/women’s soccer for 10 years, including his college’s team back when he was still a journalism student).

And, lest you think he’s just a nerd-jock, he used to teach piano and clarinet and can play all brass, woodwinds and keyboards… so he’s a multi-talented nerd-jock. He blames his musical ability on his uncle who was the conductor of the New Delhi Symphony Orchestra as well as the Indian Army. While Andrew enjoyed teaching music, he never enjoyed playing it.

It appears as though he likes teaching, which may also explain why he writes blogs but never purposely tries to monetize them.

He is a university and college graduate, and was the first college student in Canada to get into the Toronto Star Summer Internship Program, which in his mind he still thinks is a pretty big deal, which is why he demanded it be included here.

He also went to Japan to teach junior high school English as an assistant English teacher on the JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Programme on a one-year contract, and liked it enough to stay for three years. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but definitely the best of times. He wrote all about it (he kept a diary for every day he was there) in a blog for 10 years. He pulls no punches, even if it makes himself look bad – which would be admirable if he didn’t insist on mentioning that fact here. He did shut it down, though, after garnering nearly 4 million hits.

He seems to enjoy writing, and while not so good at editing himself, he is quite good at editing others. But he really does enjoy writing. He even wrote an adult’s-only blog providing tips and data  – but not under his own name, of course. No… despite it hitting 1-million views in just over a year, he got bored and erased it from the Internet. And, if he had any regrets, he would regret erasing it from the Internet. But he has no regrets, so he doesn’t. But if he did…

He would like to perform a comedic (?) 8-part one-man stage show he wrote, complete with voices and the such, but he lacks the self-confidence to do so… which may be why he really enjoys writing in the 3rd person. Idiot.

He has written hundreds of articles for various industrial magazines and its website, as well as authoring over 25 independent comic book stories, and claims he hates writing in the 3rd person (but he secretly likes it as he thinks it makes him sound smart, which he isn’t). He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read (well… maybe a few people read this diatribe, which makes him happy).

He wants to do more writing – for money, though. Contact him if you require help in making your website read better (especially those for whom English is not your native language), need data written for your website or LinkedIn or ghostwritten for any magazines. He can write about any topic. Hey… he has no real knowledge about airplanes, but has learned as he continues to write about the glorious WWI and earlier history of aviation. Don’t let his sense of humor dissuade you. He’s really quite smart, even if he won’t say so himself.

And, should you read this and believe you have solved him, know that he has plenty more to say, but feels he should shut up and keep an air of mystery about him.

15 Responses to My Dossier

  1. GP Cox says:

    Well, I’m here to read now – so you can’t say NObody!! Pleased to meet you!


    • mreman47 says:

      Ha! Thanks! Always good to be proven wrong by someone other than my wife!
      I no longer write that ‘adult-content’ blog, after I accidentally wiped it out last month while trying to alter my e-mail on Google+. Why the two were related, I have no idea. Thanks for reading, GP!

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  2. c> David Gierke says:

    I just finished reading your deal about A.M. Herring. Glad that you’re interested, but there’s much more to the story, which, to be fair. you indicated. I have recently finished an eight year writing (35 year research), and am about to self-publich a two volume, 1500 page book concerning Herring – one of the most maligned, underrated of all aviation pioneers.
    Dave Gierke

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    • mreman47 says:

      Really, Dave? That’s very interesting… was I completely off-base about who Herring was a person (probably)? Did you find out where he was during those two large blocks of time? Can I read your book? I enjoy being surprised by people. I’m currently ready Ty Cobb: Terrible Beauty… and was surprised to learns he was the racist jerk he’s been made out to be, assuming the facts are correct—and I don’t doubt they are. Dave… I wish you great luck with your book venture… Cheers, Andrew Joseph


  3. C. David Gierke says:

    Sorry for the long delay in responding. I have been going through the ridiculous process of having my book(s) formatted, while trying to figure out how to market them prior to a late year launch – hence my interest in your blog.

    I’d be glad to provide you with the softcover versions, once I have them printed (hopefully before Christmas of 2017); I had to write in the date since this has been such a long drawn-out process. Publishing as an independent author is no walk in the park, if you want your work to be noticed.

    I’m joining your blog. Maybe this will help keep me current!

    Dave Gierke

    PS – My website is not quite ready for activation.


  4. Lisa says:

    I am looking to license the image of Admiral Tōgō Heihachiro and Lord Sempill for an upcoming documentary about Pearl Harbor Spies. Could you point to the archival source that you located this image. I did look at the website to the shrine sited though could not locate their email or archives.



  5. John McAvoy says:

    Hello, wondering if you have any information on the Farman F.160 A.2.
    This was a single engine sesquiplane built circa 1924. I do have access to the 1925 Jane’s which has a 3-view of the plane, plus what’s on the internet. But they only built one then scrapped it so info is sort of rare.

    Thanks! John


  6. Hello again, Andrew Joseph,

    The book, To Caress the Air: Augustus Herring and the Dawn of Flight (Book 1 & 2; 775 pages each) were published on June 1 and Sept. 1, 2018 – respectively. I can now report that they are available through Amazon or your favorite distributor in electronic, paper and hardcover. They are selling well all over the world, but especially in Germany, the Netherlands and Australia, and of course the US and Canada (that’s pronounced CANADA).

    My long-standing offer still stands: Send me an email address where I can forward to you an Amazon gift card and I will do it immediately. Note: I’d mail the books directly, but the postal authorities between our two countries are ridiculous with the fees… it would cost me about $75 (US) to mail them, and I live in a suburb of Buffalo, NY – a mere stone’s throw from you in Toronto. A third method comes to mind. If you come over to the Buffalo area to shop, stop in (I’ll give you my address, of course) and you can simply throw them into the trunk (under the bonnet?) and you’re home free.

    Waiting to hear from you.


    Dave Gierke


  7. Hello Andrew Joseph, I enjoyed looking through your website. I stumbled on it while following a lead on DC-3’s that happened to take me to Carvair N83FA to your Pioneers Of Aviation link, which is my interest.
    I’m actually on the look-out for anything on John J. Montgomery (which didn’t turn up in your search engine). My airport has a small museum with a library. Someone had given us 1911 Aeronautical Supplies Catalogue, in the back of which was an advertisement for the 1910 book: “Vehicles of the Air” by Victor Lougheed (half-brother of the founders of Lockheed). On finding it listed very reasonably on Amazon, I bought it used and found it to be inscribed by John J. Montgomery who, it turns out, is a noted (if forgotten) very early pioneer of aviation, well known to Octave Chanute and others. There was even a 1946 movie made about Montgomery: “Gallant Journey”, starring Glenn Ford.
    I mention all this in case, in the future, you happen to run across anything about Montgomery that you can pass along. He died in the crash of one of his gliders.

    John Joseph Montgomery (1858 – 1911) was an American inventor, physicist, engineer, and professor at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California who is best known for his invention of controlled heavier-than-air flying machines. Wikipedia

    Thanks, Bill Dougherty
    Massey Aerodrome (MD1) & Massey Air Museum


  8. mreman47 says:

    Dear Mr Joseph,
    I am working on a book about some English roads. In one section I deal with the history of Hendon Airdrome. I would very much like to use the picture of the cigarette card of Claude Graham-White should I ever get as far as publishing. I am writing to ask your permission to use the picture, and to know on what terms. There are other images of Graham-White on your blog which are great. Should you be prepared to grant me permission to use your pictures I will of course acknowledge you and your blog
    Thank you both for the blog, and for considering my request,
    Tony Dunbar


    • mreman47 says:

      Hi – sorry about the delay, Tony.
      You can use the card image – no problem. It’s my card, but for that and for any photograph over 100 years of age, I believe there are no restrictions on usage. For example, the image of Claude looking upwards in his cap – that’s public domain. The image of the plane flying over the street – well, I pulled it from either Pinterest or Flicker. Upon closer review, that may be: Title from item. “4995 A.S.” Forms part of: Ernest L. Jones Collection. Oops.
      As far as the image of Claude (in hat) in the plane – that’s the Library of Congress, and was “extrapolated” from here: It’s probably also public domain… but not 100% sure.
      Best of luck. Feel free to use the cigarette card. You don’t need to mention me or my blog unless you want to. It IS my card.


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