My college degree has been for "play" instead of "pay."

mimeo art

In early 1980s I had a hand crank mimeograph machine.  Here's some art in a mimeographed newsletter I tried for a couple of years. A light bulb resulting from two ink color passes through the machine.

Some articles in newspapers and magazines about me

Robert Ashworth graduates from High School

In the Pullman Herald because my name started with "A." Toward the top of the alphebet. The newspaper photographer probably didn't stay till the end of the ceremony. This was good enough. He got a represenative picture of the ceremony and then split.

Cranking Out Happiness at Robert's Think Tank
Soon after graduation I bought a second hand mimeograph machine (this was before the Internet became wide spread) and started cranking out my own publication.  It didn't make money, but self expression was the goal.  I paid the bills by working as a custodian. 

Being a janitor didn't mean that I couldn't be "the director of a think tank."  My correspondence with people evolved into, sort of, a think tank that was featured, many years back, in the business section of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Mail Art Beauty Pageant
Continued correspondence got me in touch with a bazaar network of artists called the MAIL ART NETWORK.  Mail artists send things like doodles, manifestoes and old shoes to one another, all over the world.

This interactive network of common folk is sort of a "pre Internet" exchange of creativity.  Mail Art shows would take place (and are still taking place) all over the world where people would collect the mail they got, put it on display and call it a show.  In 1983-84, I did a show.  See this article in the Bellingham Herald.

She tossed out her car keys
My letter to the editor of a local paper, called The Fishwrapper, inspired one woman to throw out her car keys.  The Herald did a feature about her.

1991 Trip
Bike Trip Across USA

Western Front

1993 Trip
Klipson Magazine

In 1991 and again in 1993, I bicycled all the way across the US.  Articles in Western Front and the following year in Klipsun Magazine at Western Washington University.

How to prepare for a long distance tour
Bellingham Herald

In 1995, I started this web page.  It got its own domain name in 1999.

The Second most prolific writer of letters to the editor published that year in Bellingham Herald.

Map Maker
My site and Bellingham Bicycle Map featured in Bellingham Herald.

Anti spam strategy from a cleanup Pro
Seattle Times Online edition. 

"The first clue that Robert Ashworth thinks differently comes when he is asked how he got the idea for his new spam-fighting scheme. 

"I have a job as a custodian," he said. "And I think about things as I mop the floor." 

The first impulse is to get out while there is still time, were it not the fact that Ashworth's idea seems pretty sound:" 

Check out this odd story.

Bellingham Filled With Pride
A friend and me were interviewed by Bellingham Herald during the Pride Picnic before the Parade.

Articles on many topics in the Betty Pages
Most recently, I've been writing a monthly article for the Bellingham based Betty Pages.

A photo of mine used in Earth Magazine
An environmental science magazine. Article about 100th parallel as a climate boundary. Picture I took of sign as I crossed that boundary during 1991 in South Dakota.

And finally much more
All the articles I am in that I have posted on Flickr

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