On March 23, 2001, I married Sarah Casello. Sarah's father Bill ran a program for kids called the Junior Scientists, which I attended when I was in elementary school. He also taught biology at Pioneer High, where my father taught physics. Later he was the head of my high school, Earthworks. Now I am married to his daughter.
Sarah has done many things, from bartending to attending Michigan State Police boot camp. She owns Rapunzel's, Michigan's biggest and best head lice treatment facility.
My mother was nominated for the Governor's Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Service Award in 2000 for her work on behalf of the mentally ill.
My parents were nominated for the Ann Arbor News "Citizen of the Year" award. See "Pair offer support to those with mentally ill relatives," Ann Arbor News, September 2, 1997.
My great^4 grandfather Theophilus Rees came to the US from Llandysul, Wales in 1796. My great^2 grandfather Morris Rees was once Mayor of Pemberville, Ohio. We are not related, except by marriage, to the Welsh Hills Rees family. My father has done an amazing amount of work on Rees family genealogy. Feel free to get in touch if you think you might be related.
My brother Jonathan works on all kinds of fascinating stuff. You can read more about my family at our family web site.
Bill Casello died on January 8, 2006. You can read his obituary and Geoff Larcom's story, "Storyteller, science teacher Bill Casello dies."
Sarah's brother Chris is a famous Nashville guitar player.
My wife's great^3 grandfather Joseph Casello was born in Castelmezzano, Italy and was one of the founders of Port Huron, Michigan. Relatives include Casella, Casale, Graziadei, Laraia, Marone, and Scarano from Anzi, Calciano, Corleto Perticara, and Laurenzana. She is probably related to the guy who built Paterno Castle. Feel free to get in touch if you think you might be related.
We also have a dog, Charlie, and a cat, Jasper. We used to have another dog, Boo, a deaf cat, C.C., and another cat, Daisy.