The author, a recipient of the U.S. Jaycees Distinguished Service award, grew up happily in L.A. he received his B.A. from Whittier College and taught in Whittier, California for 36 years. He is retired, even more happily, in Running Springs, California and is currently one of the top senior marathoners in the U.S.; a USA Track & Field All-American; and a Sierra Club hiking guide. He was a fitness and science columnist for Alpheron News; wrote What're We Doin' for P.E.?, Wolfskill (mystery novel), and Genesis Notes (humor); and he has published magazine articles.