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 53 (when the heck did that happen?), married (when the heck did that happen?), has a 12-year-old son (when the heck did that happen?), and since he began this blog over five 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. 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 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.

Along with writing feature articles for a monthly industrial magazine and its website, he has also written 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 writes:

  • The Japan – It’s A Wonderful Rife blog begun in 2009 and daily since February of 2011. It contains all the juicy stuff from his three years as an assistant English teacher in a small rural city – and yet, that’s not at all what he writes about. He originally wrote about relationships and social anxiety (but not the mental illness), and took five years to complete writing about his three-year sojourn. As such, he now writes about anything and everything that strikes his fancy as he tries to create his own Encyclopedia Japonica… stuff you’ve never heard of, or things you heard of but simply took for granted – he’ll put his own spin on things and make you go “huh”. In that quizzical way. Yeesh;
  • The very occasional You Know What I Hate? blog – obviously about things that irk him. He could write more often, because plenty of things irk him, but then he would just come off sounding like a sour old man – and he’s not. Really;
  • And this one, the Pioneers of Aviation blog – now on a once per week (at least) schedule (pronounced as “shed-ule”). He writes about the topic of early aviation because he knows nothing about it and likes learning something new every day, or he feels he has wasted it… and he really believes that the past and its people should be remembered and honored. He hopes that writing will allow him to live longer than he actually does. Sad, but true;
  • He also 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.


10 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

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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


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