Eric Minton

Writer | Editor 
Project Manager 

Portrait of me in blue shirt

Personal History 

  • I grew up in the Air Force, the son of Dean Lincoln Minton Sr., a chaplain who retired as a lieutenant colonel the year after I graduated from college, and Patsy Hawkins Minton, high school sweethearts whom only death could part.
  • I married an Air Force maintenance officer, Major Sarah J. Smith who, 16 years later, retired as a colonel.
  • Born in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, I was three weeks old when I began a pattern of moving every two to three years:
    • to Mars Hill, North Carolina
    • to Reno, Nevada
    • to Ankara, Turkey
    • to Tucson, Arizona
    • to Fairbanks, Alaska
    • to Oscoda, Michigan
    • to Wrightstown, New Jersey
    • to Columbia, Missouri, for college
    • to Biloxi, Mississippi
    • to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • to Dalham, England
    • to Anderson, South Carolina
    • to Charleston, South Carolina
    • to Dayton, Ohio
    • to Warner Robins, Georgia
    • back to Dayton
    • back to Tuscon
    • to Alexandria, Virginia
    • to Syracuse, Utah
    • back to the Northern Virginia suburbs of the National Capital Region, where Sarah and I have resided since 2009.
  • Graduated from Northern Burlington Regional High School in Columbus, New Jersey.
  • Earned my Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Earned a Master of Humanities in Disabilities Studies from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, concluding with my thesis, "Cinematic Images of People with Disabilities and Native Americans: A Comparitive Study."
  • Served on the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Communications Subcommittee, 1997–2001.
  • Sarah retired from the Air Force in 2008 after a 29-year career. She was three times a commander. As the commander's spouse for three military units, I conducted outreach and morale programs for the military community and served as spouse liaison during unit deployments. Sarah continued her service to the nation as defense researcher and analyst for LMI, a consulting firm, until onset of Alzheimer's forced her to fully retire in 2018.
  • My idea of a good time is sharing moments and laughter with family and friends; reading or watching Shakespeare while sipping from a cup of Yorkshire tea or a goblet of Petite Syrah; cooking with or without recipes; traveling anywhere by any means; baseball; listening to music and attending concerts ranging from Elton to Taylor, from Tull to Chicks, from Willie to Bruce, from Prince to Queen, from Ravi to Hiroshima, from B.B. to Beethoven; going to theatrical plays and movies; taking walks; and using my talents and personality to serve society.