It was while writing Snorkeling Florida that Brad became drawn into the local history. What he discovered was that every dive captain had his or her own story about how this reef or that reef acquired its name. Researching the origin of reef names brought him into contact with Upper Keys history guru Jerry Wilkinson, who would begin mentoring Brad in 2009. Brad would also go on to work with local historian Jim Clupper before Clupper’s passing. Today Brad is the curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center.