The person: Gene was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. The rumors that he was raised by a pack of wolves are highly overstated. (It was only two, not a pack.) Gene would consider his birth as the most significant moment in his life. "I could not imagine what my life would have been like if I would have never been born." His earliest memories are of playing with Tonka Trucks and drinking cologne. (We think it explains a lot). Brad taught Gene the basics of juggling as a sophomore in high school. In his free time (like he has any) Gene likes to write letters, drink tea, have stories read to him, and roll down big grassy hills. When he grows up (if it ever happens, our bet is it won’t) he would like to be a teacher. As a small child Gene acquired a taste for Cinnamon Life, which is his favorite food to this day. Gene was a nerd (and some would contest he still is) and loved being on the Math team (from time to time he still likes to wear his pocket protector). Jim Henson and Paul Simon are Gene’s two greatest artistic influences (which makes very little sense for a juggler). In college Gene was known for the fact that he only owned two pairs of flannel plaid shorts and wore them all of the time. (Now he is known for only owning one pair of green corduroy pants which he wears all of the time. Don’t worry though, he washes them once a week if they need it or not.)
The Professional: Gene graduated from the Catholic University of America in 1996 (which means he never has to do homework ever again) with a degree in Computer Science and a sub-concentration in Religion and Religious Education (the connection between the two was never quite grasped by Gene’s academic advisor, but then again Gene can’t explain it either). Gene graduated at the top of his college class in the Computer Science Department at The Catholic University of America in 1996. (This is not as impressive as it really sounds. When Gene joined the program as a freshman there were 11 people in his class. When he graduated he was the only one left. We think it might have had something to do with his bathing habits in college. So besides graduating at the top of his class he also graduated at the bottom.) From the Fall of 1994 through the Spring of 1996 Gene was the director of the Fools for Jesus Homeless Ministry which catered to the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless of Washington, DC. After graduation from college Gene moonlighted at Andersen Consulting (if you can call working 60 to 120 hours a week moonlighting) while starting APeX Youth Ministries with Brad. Over the past five years Gene has juggled and entertained in public and Catholic schools, colleges, for children in West Africa, and on the streets of Washington, DC as well as on the main stage of the AIDS benefit "A Remedy of Sorts" held on the steps of the US Capitol.