My name is Gary Sonnenberg. I started Proof & Design in June of 2004 when I saw a need for proofreading on various Web sites that had obviously been written in another language and then translated into English. Realizing that it can be difficult for people who do not speak English as their native language to write it as if it were, I began to promote myself as someone who could help make Web site text sound more natural especially to the American ear. Many thanks to Ilja at WiredPlane for allowing his site to be my first project.
In August of 2005, I started actively looking for typographic errors on Web sites using the Stumble Upon extension in the Firefox browser. Typo List is my blog that tracks my findings. I have not added to this recently however.
In September of 2005, I volunteered to be an expert; that is, one who answers questions, at Simply Explained. I like the idea of keeping things simple.
In May of 2006, I began another blog called The Wonderful Truth. It contains my wonderings about things not explained in detail in the Bible. These wonderings are not of the doubting kind as if to question whether the Bible is true or not. What you will read there is not meant to shake your faith in God in any way.
I live in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA, which is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Milwaukee and about 120 miles (190 kilometers) south of Green Bay. I am married and the father of one daughter and two sons. My college training was in elementary education. I taught for 16 years before becoming a COBOL programmer with a local financial transaction processing company where I have worked since 1998.
Outside of programming and other computing, I enjoy American football (Green Bay Packers), science fiction and fantasy books (Isaac Asimov, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and others), and movies of the same genre (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter).