An American educational writer, children's book author, humorist, and poet, he is best known for such comic, grammar-themed works as The Words are CATegorical series and the Sounds Like Reading books. His other popular titles include Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor.
He attended a Roman Catholic Jesuit High School and subsequently received a degree in communications from John Carroll University.
He began working for the American Greetings Corporation in 1982.
He and his eight siblings grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.