I'm a native son of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a child of the 60’s and 70’s when families weren’t as spread out as they are today. I felt fortunate to be part of a large and loving extended family that lived nearby.
My father, at one point in his life, was the Philco-Ford television sales representative, which meant we had the nicest television on the block. I can clearly remember the days and nights when family and friends would come over to our house to watch shows like the Beatles on Ed Sullivan or Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in the Honeymooners.
Being the youngest in the pecking order, I was the one who always had to jump up to adjust the rabbit ears and fine tune the picture on those black and white television nights. I remember I used to kvetch about it because it seemed that I was the only one getting up. Oh, the injustice of it all! I attribute my early interaction with those colorful Jewish family members and friends to have instilled in me a profound love of character
At the time I didn’t appreciate it. However growing up in a small town retail family furniture business helped shape my perspective on life and instilled in me a strong sense of American values. I’ve spent my lifetime in the home furnishings industry and worked in the furniture liquidation business for the last 25 years. I have supervised hundreds of high impact sale promotions and liquidation sales for retailers and wholesalers all over North America. My first book, "It's a Good Day to Liquidate" is set in the furniture liquidation industry.
My second novel, “Lizard of Transition” was born during a morning I spent with my father in hospice, a week prior to his passing. He awoke from unconsciousness and said to me “I just had a vivid dream.” My Dad went on to tell me about a bizarre dream, in which he was reliving his past experiences in New Guinea during the Second World War, 70 years ago. I was struck that this was on his conscience prior to his death at 91 years old.
My third novel, “The Great Mongolian Bowling League of the United States of America” came to me when I was returning home from Chicago and a Mongolian American taxi driver picked me up to take me to the airport. He asked me where I was going and told I told him “Home to Orlando.” He said, “I’m going there next month.” I said, “To Disney” He replied, “No, Bowling Tournament." It’s a wonderful comedy that brings Jew’s, Italians and Mongolians together in a tournament that shakes up the world.
I’m most proud of my greatest achievement, being married for 30 years to my beautiful wife Michele and being the father of my three grown son’s who are always telling me, I still kvetch a little too much.
So now I write because writing helps me to gain a better rabbit ear focus on the human condition. And if I move those ears a little more to the left or to the right, it helps me bring into focus what it all means.