Hello, I'm Rick Gleason and was born in the small community of Clearfield, Pennsylvania part of Clearfield County. My family has deep roots in the area where nine generations of my family have made their homes and created lives for themselves and their families. My father died when he was 31 and I was subsequently adopted at the age of two by his sister. I grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington D.C. just six miles from the White House and 225 miles from my birth place. I knew from about the age of twelve, when listening to my first transistor radio, that I wanted to be on the radio. Those dreams were fulfilled beginning at the age of fifteen as a board operator at a Classical F-M radio station in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Later at age nineteen I joined the Air Force and served as a firefighter before being accepted as a staff member of American Forces Radio and Television. I would train at the Department of Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis. During my years in the Air Force I worked part-time at several radio stations in California as a D-J. I went on to serve at Danang Airbase in South Vietnam before my discharge and then enrolled at Brigham Young University where I majored in Broadcast Journalism. While in school I worked at a variety of local radio stations and later at KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City where I worked in television production for their two evening newscasts.
After college, married with a young family, I went on to work as a television news reporter and anchor. My employment took us to Billings, Montana where I helped to put KHMT-TV on the air for the first time and worked as Promotions Director. I then went to Missoula, Montana and KECI-TV as a news reporter covering Missoula County news as well as the station’s sports anchor. Later I would move to Bend, Oregon where I reported, produced and co-anchored newscasts at KTVZ-TV.
I've made my home in Washington state since 1983 and have worked in several vocations including as an owner of several businesses with experience signing both sides of a payroll check. For several years I returned to broadcasting and worked at 104.1 KXDD, 100.9 Cherry FM and KIT-AM in Yakima, WA. While there I worked in a wide variety of capacities from country music and oldies D-J, to talk show co-host and Imaging Director.
I've been a family historian researching my genealogical roots since a teenager and now have a database of more than 18,000 names, all with sources and many with notes and stories that need told. With a cousin I'm currently involved in preparations to assist in writing a book about a fourth great-grandfather who was one of the earliest pioneer settlers of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. His posterity now numbers in the tens of thousands and their families and far-reaching influence have spread to every corner of the country. When not researching family history, or sitting in front of a microphone, I enjoy writing on a variety of subjects. Other activities include watching movies, listening to music, reading, Apple computers and other gadgets, and spending time with family and friends. I have a wide variety of interests and am a regular contributor to social media as well as Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.
Amazing Facts About Me
Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handily defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants.
I am an expert in music, a seasoned veteran of love, and a wanted outlaw in Peru.
I've also been around the world at twice and, at last count, to seven county fairs.
I know how to do "the Puyallup!"
I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees and in my free time write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently.
I used to woo women with my sensuous and godlike drum playing. I can walk and chew gum at the same time and I cook thirty-minute Brownies in just twenty minutes. I have made extraordinary four-course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven.
I play bluegrass cello and recently wrote a piano concerto. I orchestrated and performed it, with flute and drum, all by myself.
I've developed a realistic plan for refinancing the national debt. I bat .407 and was scouted by the Yankees.
When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my back yard. I enjoy urban Powered Parachuting. On Wednesday afternoons, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.
I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Fashion critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I never perspire.
I have been caller number nine eleven times and have won tickets to a Willie Nelson concert. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles.
Children trust me.
I once had a Flux Capacitor seized by the F.B.I.
I've had a long-time interest in The Jedi Order. My ally is The Force and a powerful ally it is.
I can hurl kitchen utensils at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, Ulysses, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time -- and the stamina -- to repaint an entire dining room that evening.
I know the exact location of every food item in my supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA under the auspices of Seal Team 6. I sleep just once a week and when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair, naked.
While on vacation in Canada recently, I successfully negotiated with a group of aboriginal terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.
I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are never paid on time. On my days off, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami.
Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I breed prizewinning clams. I've won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin.
I have played Hamlet. I once removed my own appendix with just a razor blade, a piece of gauze and a bottle of Scotch and I recently interviewed Elvis.
I have not yet grown up.