Bio

Birthdate: 
June 3, 1954
Location: 
Stony Point
Occupation: 
retired
More About Me: 
Dr. Andrew J. Smith is a lecturer and writer, an adult education instructor and a licensed home instructor. In each endeavor he specializes in history and science. He is interested in botany and considers mushrooms and other fungi among his specialties. Andrew has long had an interest in rural culture, including how Native Americans and early colonists foraged for their living in the forests and fields. A frequent speaker on these topics, Andrew is author of The Edible Landscape and Remembering Rockland columns which appeared in regional newspapers. Along the way, he has received many honors including a listing in Who's Who in Science and Engineering. He manages a business, Dutchway Publications and Environmental Consulting and lives in Stony Point, New York. Read more.... His books include Things That Shouldn't Be There ($19.95), Assault on Tradition ($24.95), The Nickel and Dime Lifestyle: Recycling for Fun and Profit ($19.95), Exploring the Edible Landscape-Wild Foods Cookbook ($24.95), and The Appalachian Chronicles ($22.48).
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Dr. Andrew J. Smith is a male Retired, professor, lecturer living in Thiells, NY, NEW YORK, USA. He has been a member for 4 years 37 weeks. Andrew J. Smith Ph.D. in archaeology, a D.Sc. in botany and mycology (a post-doctorate), Th.D. in theology, with his latest - and he swears his last academic effort - being a Doctor of Humanities (D. Hum.) in political science. He holds a M.S. in environmental science, and M.A. in history, a B.S. in earth and life sciences and a B.A. in integrated social sciences. He has studied German at Berlitz and uses it often. Dr. Smith has received Masonic graduate and post graduate scholarships on six occasions. He was formerly a member of Mensa (IQ 181) but allowed his membership to lapse because of his great disappointment to find that the organization was not designed to direct, cultivate, and invest all their brainpower toward the improvement of the human condition and the advancement knowledge but merely another social club with a particularly snobbish and self-indulgent flair. The Dr. is a professor of history at Mount St. Mary College, and a professor of history and science at SUNY Empire State College, and he has also taught these subjects at Rockland Community College. He has been an adult education instructor at the North Rockland Adult Education Institute since 1989 in history, nature studies and conducts field research exercises with them too. For twelve years he has been a home instructor in social studies and all sciences at the Mahwah, N.J. Board of Education, specializing in home instruction with students who are too sick to attend school. Dr. Smith was senior district forest ranger for the New York State Parks system for 27 years in the Palisades region. The Dr. is currently a county planning board commissioner. He formerly wrote two weekly newspaper columns on history and science. The Dr. has conducted a hospice ministry for nearly 25 years and has seen several dear friends through the their ends. Among his achievements are a guest naturalist on CBS Today, a guest historian on CSPAN's De Toqueville in America Tour, he has been a frequent guest on public access TV for over two decades. Dr. Smith has been published many times with over 100 articles to his credit in history, botany, zoology, earth science, and technical subjects as published by the Trailside Museums, a subdivision of the New York State Museum. He co-authored a paper which was presented before the National Food Chemists annual meeting in Boston, Massachussetts in 1998 (the subject was about the chemical analysis of an edible plant which theretofore had never been studied). Dr. Smith has penned several books: The Appalachian Chronicles: Rural American Philosophy and Folklore from Beelining to Back Porches, Exploring the Edible Landscape: Wild Foods Cookbook, The Hudson Valley Old Fashioned Recipes Cookbook, and Things That Shouldn't Be There (an exercise in zoology and mycology examining species which are occurring in the northeastern U.S. well outside of their normal ranges), Assault on Tradition, The Nickel and Dime Lifestyle: Recycling For Fun and Profit. He was the field and landscape archaeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and interagency liaison between the USACE and the N.Y.S. Department of Parks, and Recreation, and Historic Preservation for the advanced team site survey of an abandoned military munitions depot. Dr. Smith served on Congressman Benjamin Gilman's NYS 20th Congressional District (who was the senior most member of congress at the time) advisory committees on the subjects of science and technology, the environment, labor, and veteran's affairs. In his retirement for several years the Dr. has been a research participant at the Nathan Kline Institute where he has recorded scores of such an unusually high nature that his data has skewed several studies thus requiring reassignment into separate and special categories. He is a delegate to the New York State Republican convention and a member of the Rockland County Republican executive committee. Among his honors include his being an inductee in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who In Emerging Leaders. He maintains memberships in the Institute for Field Archaeologists, North American Mycological Society, American Botanical Association, National Forestry Association and others. He is founder of the Center For the Study of Natural and Historical Anomalies, the Rural Culture Society, National Public Employee Information Bureau, and the Society of Contrarian Speakers and Writers. Dr. Smith remains active in Free and Accepted Masons and Royal Arch Masons, the North Rockland Sports Hall of Fame, conducts a hospice ministry, has been a member of the German American Club, a licensed amateur radio technician and member of the Rockland Repeater Association, a member of the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistol Clubs for over twenty years, and founder of the 100% Club which is a group of curmudgeonly friends who loosely meet to discuss curent events and trends and make predictions of where the trends will lead - thus far they have a 100% accuracy rate. Dr. Smith writes copiously about anything that catches his fancy, and continues to lecture when the opportunity arises. He is vice president and a founding member of the Stony Point Historical Society and co-chairman of the Pyngyp Schoolhouse Rehabilitation project. His latest accomplishment and perhaps the one which has given him the most satisfaction of all, is that at the age of 56 he learned to downhill ski. He credits his natural contrariness and an obtuse and left-handed dare being the catalysts which caused him to move toward this gamble. Next stop cross country skiing. Friends and strangers can do you dirty but to really get screwed it takes a relative.

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