Balashon is David Curwin. I grew up in the US (Rochester, NY; San Francisco; Boston) and have lived in Israel since 1996. I am not a professional linguist, but have had a lifelong love of language, particularly the history of words (as a young kid I could read through the etymologies in the dictionary for hours).
While this site does take up a lot of my time (a labor of love), it is not my career. I am a system administrator for a large organization in Jerusalem.