Until the deaths of his parents, Albert lived in the family home. His father died in a workplace accident. Mourning the loss of Frank, his mother died of a broken heart the following year. Albert sold the family home following his mother’s death and moved to a small apartment, where he lived until 2008.
A college dropout, Albert was fired in 2008. A victim of economic displacement during the Great Recession, he lost his job as a production worker at Metal Presses Incorporated in the Detroit area.
From 2008 to 2012, Albert designed and built Teleport, his 60-foot, technologically advanced sailboat, in a central Michigan barn. He trailered Teleport to Seattle in late 2012 and launched her on January 1, 2013.
He now lives aboard Teleport full time.