Tim was born in Saudi as one of the first "Aramco Brats" - meaning in a compound of the American-Arabian Oil Company ARAMCO of which his father was the CEO between 1961 and 1969. He has been inhabiting both the American and the Saudi cultures for all his life.

In Jeddah he built up a succesful video distribution business. That during the two weeks of the Mecca siege in 1979 led to his arrest by religious police: he was distributing the US series "Holocaust" on  television sets in a Jeddah hotel.  Watching the sequences from the Warsaw ghetto catacombs, some Saudi citizens were convinced that what they were seeing was nothing else but a "live broadcast from the basements of the Grand Mosque of Mecca"...

Tim Barger