My name is Bradley Robert Iverson and I live in Cingshuei, located near T’ai-chung, Taiwan. I teach English at Chih-yung High School. I live with my wife, Shu Mei, and two sons, Billy and Tyley. I have a son from a previous marriage, Cameron, that lives with his mother, Tara Black, in the US.
I was born in Van Nuys, California on January 12, 1965. Twelve days after I was born, two very loving individuals, my parents, adopted me. Throughout my life, they have been a never-ending source of inspiration. I cannot stress enough how much they have meant to me in times of need. Any success I achieve I owe it to them, for they are truly the best parents anyone could ever have.
Having said that, you must know that I was not the best son in the world. Seldom did I heed my mother and father’s thoughtful direction. Instead, I chose to blaze new paths and, somehow, thought I knew better about life than they did.
After the adoption, they took me back to live with them in Blackfoot, Idaho. I lived there with the two of them, my one brother, and two sisters for the next four years, until we moved to Kaysville, Utah.
I do not remember anything about the Idaho years, but I have seen the old Super 8 films and…well…I am glad I do not remember anything about the Idaho years. It is a miracle that I made it through them, especially given the great amount of fireplace charcoal I must have consumed.
My earliest recollection comes around the age of four. I have an image of our TV and the room where it was located. That is apropos, as the TV took up much of my time as a youngster, as it did most children of my generation. I spent afternoons with Mighty Mouse, Tom and Jerry, Gilligan’s Island, and I Dream of Jeannie.
I attended Kaysville Elementary School from K through 5th grade, Kaysville Junior High School from 6th through 8th grade, and Davis Senior High School from 9th through 12th grade. (See my yearbook photo from high school here.) I had many experiences at those schools that molded me into the man I am today.
Through all 12 years of school, I never quite understood the importance of receiving an education. To me, attending school was an unwanted bourdon. Although I did learn a great deal in those years, it was by chance and not pursuit. What I did enjoy were our frequent trips to Disneyland. Often times, my father would spontaneously announce a trip to Disneyland. I remember all of those wonderful rides and how valuable the precious “E-Ticket” was. Sadly, all but a few of those rides are now gone.
After the public schooling years, I went on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Mormons) to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I spent two years there, preaching the gospel of the church to those who wanted to hear it.
After my mission, I attended university at Brigham Young, majoring in Film. It was there that I met my first wife. We were married after about 4 months of dating and moved to Hollywood, California, where I continued my education at Columbia.
It was during the time in California that my wife gave birth to our son, Cameron. He was a joy to behold. I cannot recall a better day in my life than the day in which Cameron was born, September 1, 1988. He is a special individual.
Unfortunately, the relationship between my wife and I deteriorated over time. We were too young and too immature to handle the responsibilities that were put in front of us. As a result, our marriage ended after a little over 3 years together.
Consequently, I have not had the kind of relationship with Cameron that I would have liked to have had. I feel that he knows I love him, for both of us enjoyed the times we have spent together. He will forever be in my daily thoughts and prayers.
I like to travel and have visited these 21 countries:
In the US, I have visited these 12 states:
Briefly, that describes me. Of course, there is much more. If you are so inclined as to get more into my psyche, read my weblog.