About Ben Angel

Last sunset of 2011, off Playa Ancha, Valparaiso, Chile. (Self-timed photo.)

Born in the United States in 1965, passing through Pasco, Washington’s Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital about 3 years, 1 month, and 11 days after Chuck Palahniuk, the (for now) much more famous writer of such works as Fight Club. My birth nearly corresponded with the 10 year anniversary of the death of Alva Mead Jackson, my maternal grandfather, who for a couple decades stood as the only police officer to be killed in the line of duty in any of the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland).

As a teenager, I was a Boy Scout, a sax player, and a strategy and role-playing game nerd. As a young adult, I was a hitchhiker, Marine, journalist, and page designer. I spent my 30s recreating myself as a civil engineer. However, after the economic crisis of 2008, I’ve had to settle with being a writer again.

I’ve been married twice, the second time to a person I am considerably more happy with, and by whom I have a most wonderful daughter. If I have my way, my little one will surpass me in every positive way. I believe she has the potential to do just that, and with relative ease.

As her father, I am her scout, her explorer. Her mother is her role model (I’d not have it any other way – I sincerely admire the person I married second time around), but I am the one that will give her the ideas on what is possible, on where are the best places to go and be what she is supposed to be in this life. I am the one that will write the stories that hopefully encourage her to greatness. And find the people in her ancestry that best inspire pride in her when the inevitable setbacks come along.

Me personally, I may never be President of the United States, media mogul, or even designer or constructor of a railroad and tunnel between the United States and Russia, but while I’m still alive and still free to do so, I can write. And learn. And hopefully inspire. In these desperate times, perhaps that is my best remaining role.

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8 Responses to About Ben Angel

  1. Pat says:

    Hey. I was born in the tri-cities area.

  2. Elizabeth McKenzie says:

    Ben I have been doing research about my fathers family from Espinola, New Mexico. I am the granddaughter of Aurelia Salazar ( Ourelia in the HGRC ) and followed her genealogy back to Sebastin Rodiguez de Salazar which lead me to your story about him being on the Ornate Expedition. It has been a wonderful journey of research, as my Mother died and with her untold stories of my father New Mexican Heritage. Do you have any other information on the Salazar family. I think we connect with Barbara Martin. Thank you for your story!

  3. Chris Chavez says:

    Ben, my 2x great grandmother was Cipriana Valdez. She was Elias’ sister. Do you have any information on their family by any chance?

  4. Melanie Bartmess says:

    interested in what you’ve got on the DeHavens

  5. john ribal says:

    I too am a descendent of Eulalia Esquibel.
    My great grandmother was Perfecta
    I live in Pueblo, Colorado
    My email address is johnribal@yahoo.com
    If you get this, please respond for I have a lot of questions
    Maybe I can fill in the answers to some of your questions.

  6. Terry Gonzales says:

    Ben, how are you related or know Margarita Kirby Gonzales (Chabolla)?

  7. Marti says:

    We have a lot of the same names in our genealogy. I would love to chat with you about it. Please email me if you get this. I have a lot of questions.

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