Larry received a B.A. from the University of Miami and did graduate work in creative writing at San Francisco State before teaching American literature in Jerusalem in 1973. He has owned and operated restaurants, but his primary business enterprise was the development, along with his brother, of an import and wholesale distribution company that sold photo frames to department stores, warehouse clubs, mass merchants, and independent retailers. After selling the company, Larry and his family (wife, two daughters, and 3 cats) moved from the Peninsula to Sebastopol in 1996. Aside from volunteering at the food bank, Larry also volunteers at the Sebastopol library, tutors ESL, writes fiction (or, lately, evades writing), plays golf (hack class), and is currently trying to control his book-buying and stray cat care-and-maintenance addictions.