The creator of some of the first standardized consumer reviews of restaurants, he published Adventures in Good Eating in 1935. He also wrote a syndicated newspaper food column.
His work as a traveling salesman allowed him to sample a variety of restaurants all over the U.S. His notes on these experiences formed the basis for his popular paperback book, Adventures in Good Eating.
After his restaurant book proved a phenomenal success, he published a similar collection of notes on hotels and motels.
He was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He died of lung cancer in his hometown.
He was a challenger on To Tell Truth, the popular quiz show of the age, which featured prominent Hollywood actresses like Kitty Carlisle as panelists.