Contributors

The thoughts, principles, histories, and opinions expressed on this site are the culmination of a half-century of contemplation of and participation in the American Dream. And although, up to the present moment, the words here have been the work of just the site founder, much of what you see here is the result of many long hours of discussion with a wide array of people, some of whom have college degrees ranging from finance and economics to history, psychology, and religion, and others of whom have received their well-respected and hard-won wisdom from the experience of life.

But even so, with such a wide range of potential subjects to be included under such a large umbrella, the vision for this site includes having the biographies of numerous well-qualified people included on this page. For now, though, here is a little background:

Site Founder: Peter Kosen

I grew up as a Southern California kid in the 1960’s in what was then the city-with-a-small-town-attitude of San Diego. After graduating from Clairemont High School in 1974 (only four years before Cameron Crowe did his under-cover research on that school which resulted in the infamous book and movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”) I went to the University of San Diego, which happened to be across the street from our house. On the second day of freshman year in college, I met the girl who five years later became my wife. We both ended up graduating with degrees in Business Admin. and Accounting and, due partly to the school’s Catholic affiliation, studied a decent bit of religion and philosophy. The classes we really enjoyed, though, were in the newly established Computer Science minor where one of our professors was playing around with a box of the same basic configuration that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniacki that same year (1977) turned into the Apple II. And my enjoyment of computers eventually turned into a good bit of fun and creativity in what would otherwise — for me anyway — have been a fairly boring career in the corporate office of a large local aerospace company.

Among my earliest memories was the realization of a great dichotomy in our society. I understood that I and my family were very fortunate and that the fortunes of others were not necessarily as good. And it wasn’t just because the 1960’s civil rights protests were on the nightly television news. It was more personal than that. One major item was a story my mother used to tell of a time when she was a young girl living in a neighborhood near downtown San Diego where most of her friends were Japanese. She was impressed by how nice, polite, respectful, and even patriotic her friends’ families were. Then, all of a sudden, early in 1942 — three months after the Japanese navy bombed of Pearl Harbor — when my mother was 16 years old, all of her best friends and their entire families were rounded up by the government and shipped off to live in concentration camps for no apparent reason other than their race.

So, while I and my family have always been deeply patriotic toward the principles and potentials of what the United States of America can be and should be (and actually is for many millions of people) we have also been very aware that there are serious problems and inequities in our country. And it is to both that wonderful potential and to the exposing of problems and inequities that this site is dedicated.