Al was a fascinating but unassuming person. He was a Veteran of World War II.
He studied at Colorado Springs Fine Art Center and, until his death, at the Art Students League in New York.
He worked in commercial art doing layouts and comprehensive sketching for advertising agencies and magazines. During the time when New York and New Jersey did not allow cameras in the courtrooms, he changed to courtroom sketching for television news programs. He found the work more interesting and more challenging than advertising and pursued this career for twenty years. Among the trials Al covered were David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), John Gotti, ABSCAM, Leona Helmsley, and Imelda Marcos.
In his final years he returned to his first love, oil painting.