He’s an old college roommate of mine and one of the nicest organizers in the movement. He’ll be writing a weekly column every Monday (and probably some other posts here and there) about atheists in the movement who deserve more of our attention.
I met JT as he was helping to organize Skepticon 2, which was right after I had moved back to the Midwest from the utopia of Oregon. One of the first times I hung out with JT, we were walking through the halls of MSU and he paused the conversation we were having because he saw a piano and decided to play the Super Mario Bros. theme music. This is not an unusual thing to witness, actually.
Most of what I do is in the field of comedy writing, such as my website, Carl Sagan’s Dance Party, and my book, Unbelievable History. I am also passionate about promoting reason and building communities dedicated to that end. For two years I was the president of the Springfield Freethinkers and I run a vodcast on group organization for atheists and skeptics.
I live in Independence, Missouri with my wife, Nola, and son Marcus. However, I consider Portland, Oregon with its armies of pirate-clad geeks, technohippies and nude bicyclists to be home and can’t wait to move back.