A point in every direction is the same as no point at all. [Harry Nilsson]
This is my home base, the first of an ever-expanding set of totally frivolous and self-serving websites. Thanks for dropping by.
Latest update - 25 Jan 2010: The big move to jimrussell.us has begun, and I'm rewriting everything in PHP.
I am a lifelong New Jerseyan, the fourth of five children of Eugene and Margaret Russell. I was raised in North Arlington, a suburb of Newark. I am the grandson, on both sides, of emigrants from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
My own nuclear family consists of my lovely wife Gina Marie, nee Stoia (whose heritage is Italian via Down Neck, Newark), and two exceptional children, Andrew (b 1991) and Olivia (b 1994). We have been residents of Nutley for our entire married life.
I've been programming computers since 1973, and making a living at it since 1979. As Daffy Duck so succinctly stated, "Ehh, it's a living." The nice part of entering the profession when I did is that my career encompasses the entire history of personal computers, with just enough prehistory on mainframes and minis to keep things in perspective.
Currently, I'm doing Unix and XSLT programming for Medco Health, a pharmacy benefits manager in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Before that, I was free-lancing, writing some cool mainframe code for HostBridge Technologies. Up until Dec 2001, I was Chief Engineer for LockStar, Inc., who didn't play the dot-com endgame very well. (Say no more, squire.)
Music has been a passion with me since early childhood, when I used to
steal borrow 45rpm
records from my older siblings. You can find out more about my musical dabblings on the
I love acting, and I've been doing it off and on since the 1970s. After all these years, I finally have a Manhattan credit to my name, thanks to the performance of Ann Mary Mullane's Not My Daughter at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Mind you, I still didn't get paid, so my amateur status is intact. I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with both my children. My wife has no intention of joining us in this particular pursuit.
Naturally, I've created a page with my theatrical resume.
The following "award" has been lovingly preserved as a demonstration of how old this web page is. Follow the link if you're too young to get the joke.