Steve Pollock

Teacher, Author, Journalist, Hound Wrangler

2016 - 52 years old, selfie, taken while undergoing procedures at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN In one of the obscure corners of the vast Intertubesnetweb, AirBeagle in various forms has been online since 1999. Its creator, Steve, has been inhaling and exhaling since 1963. Steve was a small-town daily newspaper reporter, public education communications director, elementary/secondary teacher, and author.

He has over 40 years of writing experience in a variety of media. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Cameron University in Oklahoma and a master’s in elementary education from the University of Michigan. For 15 years, he has lived in Donelson, TN, with his partner of 24 years, Frank, (a university research librarian). They have six hound dogs; basset/treeing walker coonhounds Goose (8), his brother Charlie (8), and sister Cordelia (Dilly) (8), and the siblings’ mother, basset hound Loula (10); and their basset hounds, Roux II (5) and Bo (4).

Their beagles Bayley (12) (2007); brothers Fred (5) (2012), Feargal (8) (2015), and Fergus (14) (2021); their basset/corgi/beagle Bosco (10) (2018); chocolate lab Tessa (12) (2018); basset hounds Sascha (12) (2019); and Roux I (10) (2021), and beagle Fergus (14) (2021), have all sadly crossed the Rainbow Bridge. They are missed terribly.

Steve was born in Roswell, NM, at the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center on December 14th, a cold Saturday morning in 1963, some three weeks following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In his family are his mother and a couple of siblings with scads of kids and grandkids; his father died in 2013.

He and Frank met and fell in love 27-Feb-00 in San Francisco. Their first commitment ceremony was presided over by Gavin Newsome, current Gov. of the state of California. They also had a real wedding at a lovely bed and breakfast on the river overlooking Detroit from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, in 2005. An American celebration was had on the beach at Malibu, California, in 2008, which made them one of only 18,000 couples to tie the knot in the short period before California voters were pressed by the Mormon Church to ban marriage equality, a vote that was overturned in 2015 by the U.S. Supreme Court, thank you very much. Frank is a native of the Los Angeles area, mainly Pasadena. He is a university research librarian.

Steve lived in Roswell and Clovis, NM, then moved to Duncan, OK, in 1974. He graduated from Duncan High School in 1982, and Cameron University in Lawton, OK, in 1986, with a bachelor of arts degree in English and a history minor, and the University of Michigan, with a master of arts in elementary education, in 2006. He has lived in Roswell and Clovis, NM; Duncan, OK; Plano and Dallas, TX; Pleasant Hill, San Francisco and Brentwood, CA; Highlands Ranch, CO; Ann Arbor, MI; and Nashville, TN.

Steve fell in love with airliners at the age of five during a fateful encounter with a brand-new Pan Am 747 at the Roswell Industrial Air Center, New Mexico, in the fall of 1969, just before the 747s were put into regular passenger service. He is the author of Deadly Turbulence: The Air Safety Lessons of Braniff Flight 250 and Other Airliners, 1959-1966, his first aviation book, released in 2014, and is currently planning, researching, and writing his second.

Steve worked in various journalism and communications professional situations and then completed a master of arts degree in elementary educational studies with elementary certification in June 2006 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is currently certified to teach multi-subject grades K-5. As of the end of 2023, he teaches fourth grade at a Nashville elementary school.

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