Bachelor of Arts cum laude, Harvard University, 1955; postgraduate, Columbia University Law School, 1955-1956; postgraduate, Tokyo U., 1957-1959.
Analyst, adjutant general's. office United States Army, Kansas City, Missouri, 1949-1950, Washington, 1950-1951. Advisory Prime Minister Takeo Miki of Japan, 1957-1964. Far Eastern representative Fodor Travel Guides, Tokyo, 1959-1964, executive editor New York City, 1964-1966, 75-77, executive vice president, 1975-1977, president, 1977-1980, executive editor London, 1966-1974.
Far Eastern representative United States National Student Association, Tokyo, 1956—1959. Vice president David McKay Company, New York City, 1976-1980. President Fisher Travel Guides, 1980-1988.
General editor Crown Insider's Travel Guides, 1988-1989. Editorial director Gault Millau Guides, 1989-1990. Consultant Simon & Schuster, New York City, 1990-1992.
Editorial director Maco Communications, 1992-1994. Executive editor Arthur Frommer, Inc., 1995—2000. Executive editor, columnist www.frommers.com, since 2000.
Founder, director Kansas City Open Forum, 1949—1950. Board directors International Association Medical Assistance to Travelers, since 1972, vice president, since 1985. Chairman Hotel and Restaurant Unsafe Food Labeling Action committee, since 1995.
President Fisher Publications Inc., since 1997. Founder Key West Travel Writers Workshop, 1991—2010. Served with Counter Intelligence Corps United States Army, 1952-1954, Korea.
Served with Counter Intelligence Corps United States Army, 1952-1954, Korea. Member Japan Society (New York), International House of Japan, Society American Travel Writers (director 1978-1980, vice president 1981-1983, president 1983-1984), New York Travel WritersAssn. (president 1979-1981).
British Guild Travel Writers (chairman 1970-1971), Society American Travel Writers Foundation (president 1985-1990).