Welcome to Geno's Place

Howdy partners, and a big, warm, western welcome from Austin, Texas!

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This page is all about me and my ego.

a little about me........I:

  • have traveled on six continents, in 41 countries and island nations, and on several bodies of water,
  • enjoyed diverse recreational activities ranging from skydiving and paragliding to scuba diving to trekking in the Himalayas - including an expedition to Mt. Everest,
  • was at one time, a self-made millionaire,
  • earned a bachelors degree in Education, an MBA, and graduate and post-graduate studies in rehabilitation,
  • have worked in the field of disabilities, in Texas, New Mexico, and California,
  • earned a Switzer Research Fellowship from the Federal Dept. of Education,
  • am now a film-maker

and that was all AFTER I became disabled. My international friends have asked me how I became disabled. Well, I fell from a cliff when I was 17. I broke my neck at the C-5 level causing instant paralysis from the shoulders down.

My real passion is research on Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR). Check out that page if you have an interest in international rehabilitation programs.

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Table of Contents

The Gene and Dave Show

My Story

Some pictures and stories about my Mt. Everest adventure can be found at the Team Everest '03 web site. I have a personal page on the Team Everest site; you can also access my site page on Everest by clicking on the icon above. See the documentary and buy the DVD about our journey Team Everest - the movie

Geno's Store

Adventure Sports

Scuba Diving

Travel Photo Gallery

Adventure stories I wrote for kids

My favorite poems, movies, songs, dog, etc

Words of Wisdom

Things to think about

Quotes by the Famous and not so Famous

Other organizations in which I'm involved

My Ideal Wheelchair

Tribute to War on Terrorism Part 1, Part 2

Donate money, frequent flyer miles, etc. to Geno

Adventure Sports

There are old quads and there are bold quads, but there is no such thing as an old, bold quad.

 Skydive 1

Skydive 2

Skydive 3
 Cliff Climbing Para-sailing Snow Skiing

Sailing on a Tall-ship and Scuba Diving links are integrated into this page.

See Switzerland for Paragliding

Also see Sailplaning and Sailplaning 2

For Bungy Jumping and Bridge Swinging go here


 Bonaire 1 Belize

Cayman Brac

Island Activities


Bonaire 2

Island Activities



Island Activities


Cayman Brac 2

Island Activities






Around Nepal



Around Ghana

Bruce's House

Stilted Village

Senya Beraku Castle


Cusco Old/New Mixed 1 Mixed 2

Machu Picchu


Lake Titicaca










Bangkok Elephants Ko Somui Hotel


and the



Tall-Ship Trip

Aussie Oddities


Sailing on Tenacious

Wheelchair Aloft



Lions Club

Tenacious - a Sailing story I wrote
for a newspaper

vapor productions logo on picture of gene, in wheelchair, on bowsprit of tall-ship, also picture of tall-ship under sail.

2nd Voyage on the Tenacious

South Africa


Cape Town

Table Mountain

Bungy Jumping


Puerto Rico flag

Puerto Rico

ypt jordan

cuban flag


Recreation and Travel Stories

Download the following stories in pdf format. Each story is complete with pictures and diagrams. These stories were originally written for kids of various ages but I am told adults enjoy these stories as well. These stories were written to teach children about geography, science, other cultures, and me - someone with a severe disability that loves adventure.

You will need Adobe Acrobat to read these stories. If you don't have Acrobat you can download it free from http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html

If you have technical problems downloading or opening these stories, please let me know USAgeno@gmail.com

If you like these stories and think I should get off my lazy butt and finish stories I have already started on sky diving, and jungles, let me know.

Scuba "The Urge to Submerge" This story is about my first ocean dive in the Dutch Antilles. Learn how I dive and how I learned to communicate underwater without using my mouth or hands.

Peru Geno goes to Peru to enjoy the sounds and sights of Machu Picchu. Enjoy Inca ruins that still baffle scientists today.

Nepal Enjoy the mystical land of Nepal. Geno goes trekking in the Himalayas, in a wicker basket. carried by Sherpas,

Cliff Climbing See what it is like for someone in a wheelchair to climb a 120 foot cliff.
This story takes place in New Mexico.

Wind Riders of the Alps Geno travels to Europe to go paragliding over the Swiss Alps. This may take several minutes to download.

Bridge Swinging and Bungy Jumping in South Africa. See Geno bungy jump off a 210 foot high bridge.

Safari Go on Safari with Jungle Gene in Kruger Park in South Africa.

Some words of wisdom

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 Mark Twain

Joseph Campbell

Helen Keller

Martin Luther King Jr.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Patrick Overton

Other Groups with whom I am affiliated:

I am an award winning producer at PACT and former member of the Austin Film Society. See my film page.

Actual Lives is a theater group with whom I am proud to be involved. There should be one of these in every city. I made a video for them that can be seen on their site.

Eels on Wheels is a super adaptive scuba club.

If you are interested in learning about ADAPT, the grass roots disability rights organization, in which I am involved, go to http://www.ADAPT.org

If you like high-tech, check out the revolutionary computer networking company in which I am involved. Http://www.RMAXtech.com

My brother Mike custom made this bowl for me out of some space age polymer. Although you may think it is a common shape, I assure you, if you look closely, you'll see that you can't find this design anywhere. I need that little nipple on top so I can pull the bowl out of my microwave. His business is building prototypes.

See more of his prototype work at http://www.3ddesignlv.com/ He and I also designed my sea-legs for my wheelchair that I usually use when traveling and always use when sailing. See http://www.genosplace.org/tns2/Tenacious2.html


My 3 favorite poems

 "If" by Rudyard Kipling

 "Men That Don't Fit In" by Robert Service

" Winds of Fate" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Favorite Movies:

,(filmed in 59 days, nominated for 10 academy awards, won an Oscar for best picture 1976) Some trivia - As Sly was leaving a casting try out, he mentioned he also writes. He was told to bring by a script sometime. Producers liked the script and offered him $30,000 for it. In a very bold move, Sly - a then starving actor - wouldn't sell the script unless he played Rocky. Producers offered over $250,000 but still, Sly held out. The rest, as we say, is history. Other trivia - Sly scripted every blow of the boxing scenes in one weekend. The ice skating scene was originally written to take place in a restaurant but producers couldn't afford that on this low budget movie. Since producers could only afford 59 filming days, prior to actual filming, they used a home movie camera to make several test runs.

Saving Private Ryan is, perhaps, the best war drama ever made.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
An incredibly creative British Comedy that retells the tale of King Arthur and the Nights of the Round Table in their quest for the Holy Grail.

Yankee Doodle Dandy
is my favorite in this category. Song-and-dance man George M. Cohan (James Cagney) recalls his life from a youth in vaudeville to later success. This B & W film, made in 1942 is a classic.

Favorite Beer: Blackened Vodoo made by Dixie

Favorite Joke

Q. Did you hear about Christopher Reeve's favorite date?

A. She stood him up.

Find more like this at:http://www.callahanonline.com/

My favorite dog, Gordon. My brother Mike's rotweiler tends to be protective.

Things to think about:

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving probably isn't for you.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.

Under-Achievers Anonymous has an 11-step program.

Why do people park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?

Why is it that when we send something by car we call it SHIPment,
but when we send something by ship we call it CARgo?

Why isn't there a mouse-flavored cat food?

Warning: dates on calendar are closer than they appear.

Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.

No sense being pessimistic; it probably won't work anyway.

I thought about joining the Optimists, but then I had my doubts.

Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

Funny, I don't remember being absent minded.

If quitters never win, and winners never quit, what fool came up with, "Quit while you`re ahead?"

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.

If marriage were outlawed, only outlaws would have in-laws.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

There are 3 kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who can't.

Why is "abbreviation" such a long word?

Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it is pronounced?

Of course I believe in free will. Do we have a choice?

I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

Take my advice, I'm not using it.

I went to a restaurant that had a sign, "Breakfast Anytime". So I ordered scrambled eggs during the Renaissance.

Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.

I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.

A baby-sitter is a teenager acting like an adult while the adults are out
acting like teenagers.

Any married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people
remembering the same thing.

Don't take life so seriously...it's not permanent.

Don't worry about the world ending today...It's already tomorrow in

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use the Net
and he won't bother you for weeks.

I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.

Suburbia: Where they tear out the trees and then name streets after them.

The really nice thing about not planning is that failure comes as a
complete surprise and is not preceded by a period of worry and depression.

99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavors, but dishwashing liquid
made from real lemons?

OK, so what's the speed of dark?

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

24 hours in a day ... 24 beers in a case...coincidence?

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.

Half the people you know are below average.

Lights travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear
bright until you hear them speak.

I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back.

All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.

The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Aks me about eubonics

Quotes by the Famous and almost Famous

By all means marry: If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you
get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. (Socrates)

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. (Groucho Marx)

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech -- every now and then she
stops to breathe. (Jimmy Durante)

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food
groups: Alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. (Alex Levine)

Money can't buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form
of misery. (Spike Milligan)

What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money. (Henny Youngman)

I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then, it's time for my nap. (Bob Hope)

A woman drove me to drink, and I hadn't even the courtesy to thank her. (W. C. Fields)

Check out my early years site for a glimpse at my beginning.

Check out Stopher Hall 25 Year Reunion for some of my extended family.

Technical Advisor........Brian Miller

Editor........Mary Ann Newmarker

Some Words of Wisdom

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.

Mark Twain

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Joseph Campbell

People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance's within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

Helen Keller

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer, in the long run, than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Martin Luther King Jr.

You can only legislate desegregation. You cannot legislate integration. True integration will come when true neighbors are willingly obedient to unenforceable obligations.

J.R.R. Tolkien

All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost.

Patrick Overton

When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly.


You can donate money, frequent flyer miles or anything else that will help Geno travel the world and continue his quest to be an ambassador of goodwill. Geno doesn't get paid to spread goodwill or be an international emissary for people with disabilities. He depends on his own resourcefulness and the kindness of strangers to continue his work.

All those who make a donation to Geno will receive (depending on the size of the donation) either a laminated bookmarker embossed with Geno's most famous cliff picture, a set of laminated pictures of Geno participating in his favorite sports, or an 8" x 10" autographed picture of Geno, suitable for framing (the picture, not Geno).

You can send money and other tangible donations to Geno at:

1941 Gaston Place
Apt 122
Austin, TX, 78723

Donate your frequent flyer miles by sending an email to Geno at USAgeno@gmail.com Send the name of your air carrier with whom you have an account, your password, and the number of miles you want to donate.