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This is the page where I'll describe myself in more detail.

IN WHICH I'LL DISCLOSE SOME PERSONAL MATTER

I was born in the house of my paternal grandparents in a small city in Pennsylvania's anthracite coal region. Though my parents soon moved into their own place I spent much of my childhood with my grandfather who was on a disability pension from the Reading Railroad.

Pop was a natural born storyteller and as we walked about town or rode the trains (he had a life pass) to Reading, Philadelphia and other points he would tell tales of his youth, places he had been, things he had done or imagined, and of the railroaders, miners, Molly Maguires and various eccentric folk.

My Dad had a large library and I began reading at an early age. That led to, first, drawing, then writing as I sought to emulate what I read, heard in my grandfather's tales and those of other elders or imagined.

After high school I sought to enter art school but was drafted into the Army of our mutual uncle. Though I later had college experience, I must re-phrase Melville's comment to say the Army was my Harvard and Korea (where Uncle sent me instead of Vietnam) was my Yale.

I married a Korean beauty, though the marriage didn't last. Still, she gave me two wonderful children. My son, Mike, who is now with Center for Schools in Camp Hill, and my daughter, Nina, and her husband Marc who both work in the county's juvenile court system. Between them, they have given me four grandsons who are my pride and joy.

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I love the outdoors, especially hiking.

What a job!

I'm retired, remember? I'm not looking for work unless it be something REALLY interesting!

Favorites

Here's a list of some of my favorite movies:

The Gods Must Be Crazy 1 & 2, Lawrence of Arabia, Dances With Wolves, Jeremiah Johnson, Mountains of the Moon, Arsenic and Old lace, The Trouble With Harry.

Here's a list of some of my favorite authors (not in any particular order):

Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Bronte, Jack London, Katherine Anne Porter, John Fowles, John Gardner, Peter Matthiessen, Robert Louis Stevenson.