Damon always knew that he wanted to be a writer.

At age seven, he published his first newspaper with the help of his best friend Jenny. Together, they sold 20 copies of the four-page publication at 25 cents each. He was banned from publishing a second edition, in response to a libelous piece in the debut issue announcing the pregnancy of a neighborhood teenager. It was an experience that would pave the way for a future in communications.

As someone more interested in fact than fiction, Damon set his sights on retelling stories rather than manufacturing them. A believer in the importance of historical record, always ready to listen, intrigued by the story of men and excited by the hunt for information, Damon excelled in his high school journalism program.

After high school, Damon pursued a degree in mass communications, with a focus on print media and sociology. He was comfortable with his career path, knowing that he was following his destiny to become a writer.

By his senior year, Damon had already interviewed renowned primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist, Jane Goodall and had landed a job as a regional reporter for the Monadnock Ledger, a prestigious weekly newspaper in Peterborough, NH. There, he gained valuable experience covering breaking news and writing in an array of styles on various subjects, from health and wellness to science and education.

Damon soon left New Hampshire to be closer to his family in his hometown of Greenport, with an award from the New Hampshire Press Association in hand and a wealth of experience under his belt.

Within two months, he joined the staff of the historic Traveler Watchman newspaper in Southold, and immersed himself in every aspect of the business -- from writing, printing, and advertising, to marketing, sales, layout, and even delivery. He quickly rose through the ranks to become managing editor, the youngest in New York State at the time.

Having helped the paper win countless awards, two awarded to him personally, Damon felt that he had put in his time. He left the industry for good in 2001..

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