Jeff was born in
the May of 1958 - the year the microship was invented.
In 1982 he graduated
from the California
State University in Los Angeles with an undergraduate
degree in journalism. For a while he worked in that trade,
while taking some courses in computer science at a local community
with that, he in spring 1984 decided to follow a call from
Massachusetts and drop out of the school to become a beta
tester at Infocom. The hours he spent on testing "Hitchhiker's
Guide" are legendary.
A year later he
had his chance to showcase his own creativity with "Ballyhoo,"
a mystery adventure taking place in a circus, which was published
early in 1986. In 1987 he authored the unusual "Nord
& Bert," which was less an adventure than eight
short stories full of verbal trickery and puns.
His last recorded
actions at Infocom are his preliminary work on a sequel to
Goddesses of Phobos" and his attempt at translating
I" to German.
None of these
were ever finished, due to Infocom's financial problems and
in case of the latter German also prove to be too complex
a language to localize an adventure to.
whereabouts are unknown.