About the Author

 

When I was 17, I had two things hanging on or attached to my bedroom wall. One was a Chicago White Sox schedule. The other was a picture of President John Kennedy.

 This sounds like an odd combination but both stirred passions. I had attended my first White Sox game when I was 7, and never wanted anything to do with the Cubs. I was 10 when Kennedy was assassinated and that historical tragedy had a deep impact on me. Regardless, I never thought that these two interests would lead me to take my writing career in a different direction.

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 On July 31, 1997, White Sox CEO Jerry Reinsdorf directed his GM to make what became known as the “White Flag Trade.” Declaring the 1997 season was over despite being just 3 ½ games out of first place, Reinsdorf traded three veterans for six unproven players. He stated it was time to rebuild. In Cleveland, Indian fans rejoiced. In Chicago, even Reinsdorf supporters were disillusioned.

 I heard the news on the car radio. From the start, I was convinced that this was not just an unpopular trade. I thought it was a huge mistake that could only damage the franchise for years to come.

 Immediately I started forming a book idea. Three years later, I self-published Through Hope and Despair, A Fan’s Memories of the Chicago White Sox 1967-1997. The book was my take on why the White Sox had troubles both on the field and at the gate. As far as I am concerned, the troubles for the White Sox went on despite winning the World Series in 2005. (At SoxFest 1999, I approached Jerry Reinsdorf and requested an interview. When I shook his hand, I looked him straight in the eye, called him Mr. Reinsdorf, and told him I was writing this book. In a smart assed voice, Reinsdorf said, “Oh yeah? No kidding?” Yes, Jerry, no kidding. The interview never happened.

 Through Hope and Despair led to three other White Sox books and I am now working on one more. I have been a big White Sox and Reinsdorf critic during the years, but I remain a fan. There are times when I wonder why the franchise can’t live up to its potential and be a dominating presence in the American League. At least there is 2005.

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 I attended Indiana University Northwest and, as I eventually earned my Political Science degree, I also became disillusioned with John Kennedy. I still admire the man, but I am not impressed with his irresponsible and reckless private life and he sometimes acted like a spoiled rich kid. Yet I am convinced he was truly maturing when he was killed and was becoming a good president.

 John Kennedy’s assassination changed Dallas. With Pelican Publishing of Gretna, Louisiana, I will be soon publishing a book about how the assassination affected Dallas and it is aptly named Dallas Changed Forever. Originally I wanted to name it 50 Years of Gridlock as the mystery and effects of the assassination are still debated. Nina Kooij, an editor at Pelican, wanted me to come up with a title that mentioned Dallas. I think she was right in making the suggestion.

 I didn’t want to tackle the mystery side of the assassination. There have been too many books on the assassination and many of them say the same things. I wanted to demonstrate how this traumatic event affected Dallas. Of course, the country was changed forever as well.

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 I met my wife Delia on May 25, 1976, proposed to her on October 15 of that year and we married on September 10, 1977. Delia is a CPA and has supported me in my writing endeavors. I knew I wanted to marry her the day I met her. It has been the best decision of my life.

 Our daughter Leah was born on May 19, 1996 and has been quite an addition to the family. Leah is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, plays the viola and is a pretty good tennis player. Currently she is a student at the University of Evansville studying Physical Therapy.

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 I am a writer, and I will feel the need to express many things on this site. The written word is the greatest art form as far as I am concerned. It is a springboard for the exchange of the ideas and venting of emotions. And I hope to be writing more books in the future. Writing is what my life is about.