In my home studio, surrounded by history: Family history, Erie history, and manufacturing history. It keeps me busy.
Many years ago – as “blogging” was just beginning to take hold – I stumbled across a website called “The Guy From Boston.” A big guy with a really big personality and definitely “not” politically correct, to say the least. It looks like he’s concentrating his efforts on YouTube these days.
A quick search of domain names revealed that “The Guy From Erie” was available, so I bought it and have kept it for about 18 years. I’ve even had offers to sell it. But then, who would I be?
I did write a lot of articles and post a lot of pictures back then, mostly about Penn State football. But once I started The Tool and Die Guy site, the Guy From Erie kind of disappeared. There just wasn’t enough time in the day to work full-time and fuel (2) blogs with enough content.
I was born right here in Erie, PA in 1960. I grew up on the east side of Erie, actually one block inside of the city limits. I attended St. James School through fifth grade, and following the death of my father in 1969 and my mother’s remarriage, I attended Millcreek public schools.
For the record – because this is my “About” page, I attended Lakewood Elementary School, Westlake Junior High School, Millcreek Intermediate School, McDowell High School, and also the Erie County Vocational Techical School.
I attended one year of college at our local Penn State satellite, Behrend College, studying mechanical engineering. But since I had always worked during high school, I missed having spending money and decided instead to begin my Tool & Die Maker apprenticeship in 1979.
I worked for a year at the former Reddog tool & die plant in Girard, PA before switching to Anson Tools & Gages to complete my apprenticeship. From there, I spent (7) years at the former Tetra Tool Company as a Moldmaker before starting my own tool & die company.
My family has been involved in Erie manufacturing for over 100 years as toolmakers, machinists, and shop owners. I really did document most of my life in manufacturing over at theToolanddieguy.com, so no real need to repeat myself here.
Finally, I’m married to The Queen, Heidi Parr Kerner. We have a LOT of adventures together which I’ll be sharing on this platform. In the meantime, you can check here out at HeidiInspired.com.
I am also the father of four sons – Matthew, Robert, Nicholas, and Jordan and the grandfather of one adorable granddaughter, Gracie Mae.
I have also rekindled a lifelong hobby, my golf game. I enjoy both practicing and playing and challenging myself to get better. I’ll be sharing my ups and downs here as well.
And….that’s definitely enough about me.