I'm a 51 year old former Collingswoodian living in Westmont. I spend most of my time in Colls., where my family moved in 1971, and graduated from Collingswood High in 1979.
Until this past spring I was employed in the printing/bindery industry, with a handful of companies for neigh on 30 years. I didn't belong in the field, but took it to have a "bridge job", while I tried to pursue my dream of becoming a writer of my different takes on society and life in general.
After high school, and an aborted attempt to make a stake in San Diego, living with my grandfather, I returned to Colls. and joined the Air Force. My time in the USAF taught me that my natural talent for spelling and vocabulary, as well as love of history, would be helpful in writing. It also taught me that I didn't want to be a policeman, but with no mechanical aptitude, and a need for cops, that's what Uncle Sam put me in.
Writing was also cathartic, as military life is very strange, and writing about it made it easier to cope. Soon I found that my fellow airmen wanted to read my writings, and many would initial where they left off.
After the service I tried to get security jobs, but I was overqualified. I wasn't going to be a policeman, and ended to in printing, since a friend worked in the field. That's when the previously mentioned bridge job was born.
Using a writer's market book I flooded any magazine that seemed to be a good place for my words, but nothing happened. Ended up getting involved in the "underground press", where artists and writers spurned by the "evil" mainstream publishing world. In those pre-internet days, the photocopied "zine" was the method of self-publishing one's work.
The story goes on and on, and I've probably bored you to tears. I'm sorry. If you want to hear more, just ask.
Right now I want to skip to the present, where my old dream is still with me, but I don't know if it'll become a reality, of will the day to day necessities of life push it back into the closet? We shall see. I also love photography, and take lots of pics of Knight Park, and Newton Lake and sometimes Cooper River.