Almost everything you ever wanted to know about Drew Vogel (.COM)



Drew is the Manager of Professional Programs at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Forest Park (Cincinnati, Ohio) with an amazing woman, five crazy cats, and three stupid dogs. The University of Cincinnati is the second largest university in Ohio, with more than 35,000 students. The UC College of Pharmacy is one of the smallest in Ohio, and one of the most competitive in the region. Drew has worked at the University of Cincinnati since 1992, starting in the Admissions Office before moving to the College of Pharmacy in early 1996.  

Drew’s academic, professional, and personal interests are diverse and multidisciplinary. He studied at Northern Kentucky University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance/Directing emphasis in 1991. Theatre, be it on-stage, as a director, or as technical help, has always been a passion for Drew.


Drew has been interested in computers ever since he saw his first TRS-80. The Commodore 64 was next on the block, followed by several different models of Amiga computer, from 500, 1000, 2000, CDTV, and finally an Amiga 4000. In addition to the Amiga, Drew also configured several computers for another of his hobbies — BBSing. For many years, Drew was the SysOp of the wildly successful Bulletin Board System, The Cafe’ BBS (“If you were a better customer, you would eat more food”). This system ran the excellent RemoteAccess BBS software, and was one of the most diverse and popular BBSs in the Cincinnati area due to its connections with FidoNet, PODnet, and several other specialty networks. Membership on The Cafe’ BBS was over 250.   

Drew was a collaborator on a radio show, called SMACK IT CINCINNATI!. The wildly-popular show ran during the summers on WAIF 88.3FM for three seasons.

Another project for Drew was to co-produce a Tribute CD for Cincinnati-based band Over the Rhine. Working with his cohort, Bruce Lachey, Drew created artwork, contributed a track, and handled the “behind the scenes” work for this project which has raised well over $1000 for Cincinnati Community Shares, a local charity. Drew now works as part of the Over The Rhine team, managing their online forums and providing technical support for them.


His personal interests include gourmet cooking, fine dining, humor, movies, reading, writing, theatre, technology, outdoor activities, sociology & social psychology, alternative operating systems, Iron Chef, computer gaming, live music, sports cars, driving fast, and travel.

HAPPY MOUTH — December, 2007

On December 19, 2007, members of the Happy Mouth Supper Club, along with guests Julie, Terry, and Adam, dined at Zola’s in Covington. It was Ed’s month to pick, and we really enjoyed the convivial pub atomosphere of Zola’s. Comfortable, fun and unpretentious. The burgers are widely rumored to be the best in town, and based on what we ate, there is little reason to doubt that claim. We had the upstairs room pretty much to ourselves, and we made very merry indeed.

CULINARY: Teaching Update

We’re heading toward the end of our BASIC COOKING 1 class at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College’s Midwest Culinary Institute… We just finished the 1st night of the 8th week (out of 9 weeks), which means we’ve got three more class meetings ahead of us before the end of the term.

Last night I lectured on Sandwiches (Chapter 22 in Gisslen’s PROFESSIONAL COOKING 6th Ed, for those of you following along at home) and we executed our labwork for that chapter as well. My students made Club, Hot Ham & Cheese, and Submarine sandwiches, and all of these sandwiches rated between “good” and “awesome”. The students continued their focus on presentation of their food with some nice presentations arriving at the chef’s table.

This Thursday, we’ll be performing a “dry run” of our practical final exam to get the students ready for that exam (which occurs a week from Thursday). During their “dry run”, I will also quiz them with questions to help them prepare for their written final (which happens next Tuesday).

This has been a good class because of the good people in it. Last night, they presented me with an engraved silver fork. There is a story behind this — in culinary school, we mandate the “two spoon tasting method” for tasting products. The explaination of the “two spoon” method is pretty simple… Imagine two spoons, one in your left hand and one in your right hand. The spoon in your right hand goes into the food being tasted and then carefully transfers the food to the spoon in your left hand, which goes in your mouth. This preserves the sanitation of the food items and minimizes use of tasting spoons.

Well, I understand the “two spoon” concept completely, but for some reason am unable to reliably coordinate my left & right hands, so I tend to (loudly) mess up and use the wrong spoon fairly often — grabbing food with the right spoon and putting it into my mouth, for example, much to the delight of my students. I jokingly said, “someone needs to get me a nice fork or spoon for tasting to help me remember”, and my students thoughtfully gave me the fork (which is engraved, “Yes Chef”) to help me remember them (and to properly execute the “two spoon method”). A very nice, thoughtful gift.

I will be teaching BASIC COOKING 1 again in the Spring term, and look forward to teaching BASIC COOKING 2 in the Summer term.

Server Backed Up

Well, that feels good.

After running for a while (too long!) without a backup, I spent about 45 minutes today performing a full backup of this webserver. I used the excellent Clonezilla bootable CD package and an external USB Hard Drive to perform the backup. Clonezilla also verifies the backup, so I feel pretty confident that we’re covered in case something happens. Let’s hope it doesn’t!