I was born December 7, 1961 in Greensburg, Indiana. The town was about 7500 people at the time, and I grew up in a small neighborhood next to a farm. I was the middle child of five, with an older brother and three sisters. I went to St. Maryís Catholic School from grades 1-6, Junior High for two years, and then Greensburg Community High School with a graduating class of about 200 people. After high school, I went to Purdue University and obtained a degree in Construction Engineering and Management, graduating in 1984. I took a job in DC for 6 months with a large construction firm, and then moved to Atlanta to work for a smaller firm in October of that year.

Danís Childhood

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9 days old, with my mom, Tony, & Micki

Birthday celebrations at 2, 6 and 7 years old

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Easter 1962, with Dad, Tony, Micki & Mom

1969: See, I told you I grew up by a farm. I saw the piglets being born. I also liked mini-golf back then, too.

October 1969 family photo, with Dad, Micki, Angie & Mom on top and me, Sandi & Tony on the bottom

January 1970 with Sandi

Birthdays at 9, 10, 11 & 12 years old above (I loved chocolate) and obviously I started liking softball back in 1974, too (left)

Birthdays at 13 & 14† years old, plus my 7th grade photo (far right) and graduation (below)

We had some memorable times in that green station wagon, including getting on a ferry to Canada and going to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Birthday at 16 years old

My track life was easily the best part of high school, and mainly consisted of the relays and low hurdles

My senior picture and graduation picture

The famous tree in the courthouse tower in Greensburg

10 days old at my baptism with my godparents, Cletus Tekulve & Connie Meyer

Freshman year at Purdue with Rocco, my desk, 19th birthday with Terri Kramer, my friends, and Prom with Terri

Angie, Mom, & Sandi came with Dad to visit me in DC during my summer internship in 1981

My office and apartment in Atlanta, late 1984

My office in DC, at a jobsite 170 feet in the air

My 1982 internship in Atlanta was filled with fun with the roommates, life on the Chattahoochee, and Cindy Jones

With my first real girlfriend, Deb Oliver.


Also, the first car I bought, a Chevy Monza.


My Prom date, Gina Graves.

College &

My summer internship in 1983 was also in Atlanta. At right was Spring Break in Ft. Lauderdale senior year.