dad formed and ran a weekly newspaper when I was 13. I
became the backshop foreman, even though I was
(obviously) still in school. I was a journeyman Linotype
(a typesetting machine) operator, and pressman, plus
occasional writing of all sorts.
I continued this work through high school and even on my
vacations from Duke University. While in the U. S. Air
Force, I wrote a weekly column. Following my discharge
from the Air Force in 1953, I once again worked at
In 1954 I enrolled in dental school, graduating in 1958,
when I opened my dental practice in Chapel Hill, North
Carolina, home of the University of North Carolina. I
worked at a local newspaper and printing house while in
dental school. As a practicing dentist, I taught,
lectured and published two textbooks on dentistry
Retiring from dentistry in 1979, my wife saw me sitting
around looking somewhat bored and suggested I write
myself a novel. I've since published two novels
(Amazon.Com), and have two more and an illustrated
children's book on my hard drive.
I've more recently ventured into screenplay writing, with
a number of "looks," but no sales yet.
Incidentally, I'm 77 years old now, proving once again,
that one can begin a new profession even at this late
stage of life.