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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Part Two


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I left the Upsala Bookstore in the early eighties and moved to Chicago, taking up residence on the North side, a few blocks away from Wrigley Field. I soon became a Cubs fan and learned to love the team. I was there when they choked against the Padres and gave up their most recent chance at a Series but loved them just the same. Any baseball fan who'd ever seen a ball game at Wrigley Field (especially before the lights) would understand. Wrigley's the World's greatest ball park.

I worked in Chicago for several years and got to know the city well. One of my favorite pastimes was bicycling along Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive, which I'd do all year 'round. Whenever the streets were free of ice, I'd find time to wheel over to the waterfront. The Lake had something special to show me every season.

Of the many things I remember about Chicago, I remember Lake Michigan best. It's easily the city's most endearing landmark. More than its skyscrapers, more than its neighborhoods, more than its multitudes of ethnic restaurants, the Lake makes Chicago a city like no other. Its miles of beautiful, wide-open shoreline are totally accessible. That made an instant impression on a kid from North Jersey whose first experience with the "Jersey Shore" was one of exclusion.

The recession and the lure of a better job brought me back to New Jersey several years later. I put in some time at the Middlesex County College Bookstore where I got my first taste of "personal computing". We had a pair of new IBM AT and XT computers and we definitely thought we were hot stuff. I used the AT to manage our textbook operation and helped configure the XT to operate the store's cash registers and non-text inventory. I cut my teeth on those machines, back in the days when DOS was top dog and PCs cost as much as the family car.

Charlise

Charlise
Tra

Tra
The years that followed were mostly uneventful. I was still very much the artist but had far less time to invest than in my younger years. Cold reality and the prospect of an uncertain future was driving me toward a more mainstream existence. I wanted a family and more security than my old ways were capable of providing. With this in mind, in the early '90s, I took a job with Polymerland, a button-down corporate subsidiary of GE Plastics. Polymerland transferred me to Charlotte, NC, where I met my wife, Rose. A promotion brought me to Parkersburg, WV soon after. She, her two children (Charlise and Tra) and I share a home about three miles from the center of town.

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