Robert Goetschkes has always been fascinated by the unknown and the stories of those who have ventured into it. SUNY Oneonta gave him a well-rounded education, studying history, economics, and foil fencing. After graduation, he served in US Peace Corps Tonga for 2.5 years before enlisting in US Coast Guard during Gulf War I. He honorably served for 11 years before returning to academia to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a Field Endorsement in Secondary Social Sciences. This led him to teach for 25 years in middle and high schools across the country. For five years, Robert also served as an American Red Cross Disaster Services Department responder and was an aquarium diver at Henry Doorly Zoo.