Joe Lane Media is a group of creative artists/business people working to find & document the daily political economic reality minus myth & spin. A manufactured, magical world where promise & pitch replace reality benefits only those who do the manufacturing. Knowing, fully comprehending the harsh terrain of our political economic life is essential for every citizen wanting an equal voice in the future of our society.
About Joe Lane
Joe Lane was born in Tampa, Florida. In the late 1960s, he attended but did not graduate from Florida State University, where he says he closely resembled John Belushi’s sidekick D-Day in the movie Animal House. In the 1980s, he attended Yale University and Middlebury College summer language school, where he was a self-professed “study animal” and claimed to love every minute of it.
Joe is a true renaissance man. As consultant to businesses, he often spoke at regional and national conventions. He took up the business of golf, which led to him running the exclusive Golden Wings Golf Training School for ten years. As CNBC noted in a piece it did on him and the school, many of his students were WallStreeters.
As a result of his golf successes in the US, Joe was able to collaborate with Shanghai Buick-GM to produce one of the most successful golf TV series ever in China, Shooting 78 (Qi Shi Ba Gan – 七十八杆 in Chinese). Joe has lived all across the globe, from Tampa, Florida, to Columbia, MD, to the Washington, D.C. metro area, to Connecticut, and most recently in China. In the early 1990s, Joe stayed in the Beijing area off and on for 2 years. He and his wife and partner of 17 years, Barbara, lived in Zhaoqing City in the Guangdong Province of China from 2006-2013. They launched the only wood fired, brick oven pizza restaurant in Guangdong Province in 2009. It has been so successful they are now looking for additional locations even though they have returned to their home in CT.
Joe has been flying planes since 1968 and is an instrument-rated private pilot. Joe is currently working on his commercial pilot certificate. Joe is also a sailor. A sailboat captain in the 1970s, he ran charters in the Chesapeake Bay for five years. He describes himself as “a decent skier, but a great fly fisherman.”
He is also an insatiable reader, reading as many as 40 novels and a plethora of research tomes every year.
His first marriage produced three children, Kathryn, Alex, and John, whom he raised on his own for almost 10 years (he claims it was more like 10 centuries). None of Joe’s children has provided him with granddaughters yet, which he hates, but he has seven grandsons whom he loves dearly.