Bachelor, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1951. Postgraduate, University Minnesota, 1962.
Editor trade religion The Macmillan Company, New York City, 1962-1963, editor-in-chief Collier Books division, 1963-1971. Editor-in-chief Adult Trade division The World Public Company, 1971-1973. Director office for communications Lutheran Church in American, 1973-1976.
Editorial director The Saunders Press (Warner Bros. Saunders Company), Philadelphia, 1979-1981. Editorial director Harvest Books Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York City and San Diego, 1982-1983.
Managing director Sandum & Associates Literature Agency, New York City, since 1987. Founder, director The Public Institute, University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1980-1982. Director public information The American Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, 1960-1962.
Night editor Associated Press, Boise, Idaho, 1956-1960.
Lay reader, usher Church of Holy Trinity, New York City, since 1990. Planning chairman New St. Peters Lutheran Church at Citicorp Center, New York City, 1970-1978. Captain United States Marine Corps, 1952-1954, research.
Member Metropolitan Museum Art (sustaining), New York Society Library.
Married Evangeline M. Olson, May 12, 1955 (deceased February 1972). Children: Kyrie L. (deceased), Beret S. Canakes, Rachel S. Tune, Joseph H., Marn S. Turley. Married Marta R. Enebuske, July 28, 1975.