Charles Ulrich was born in Palo Alto, California, in 1957. He attended Pomona College, where like Frank Zappa he was a disc jockey on KSPC-FM. He earned a PhD in linguistics from UCLA and taught at ten universities in the United States and Canada. He published the Frostbite Falls Far-Flung Flier, a zine devoted to Jay Ward cartoons. Since 1994 he has been active in the on-line Zappa fan community on alt.fan.frank-zappa, zappateers.com, and his own website, The Planet Of My Dreams. He lives in Vancouver, BC.