Bart Goddard was born in Imperial, Nebraska and lived at various times in McCook, Holdrege, Ord, Wilcox and Kearney. After finishing high school in Imperial, he went to MIT to major in math. In 1989 he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has been a professor of mathematics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, at Texas A&M Commerce, Texas, at Concordia, Austin and is now lecturing at the University of Texas at Austin. He makes his own beer, roasts his own coffee beans, makes his own tortillas, smokes his own brisket and, at the age of 50, foolishly decided to learn to play the pipe organ. Five years later, though undaunted, he is still not an organist.
After 35 years of marriage, he remains convinced that his wife Susan still loves him. They have two children, both of whom have been quite stubborn over the issue of grandchildren. He doesn't know where he went wrong, but receives absolution weekly at Trinity Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas, where "Page 15" will never go out of style.