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Some of my earliest memories revolve around writing and publication. My great-uncle was the assistant editor of our local newspaper and often took me on excursions through the newsroom and printing plant. Uncle Joe served as my role model and, sometime during my childhood, I decided that there could be nothing more rewarding for me to do in life than to write.
I studied history, political science and philosophy in college and graduate school because I knew these academic disciplines would give me the kind of background I needed to write non-fiction. I continued my education even after leaving school: traveling, engaging in activism, associating with people from all walks of life and - above all - reading voraciously. By the early 1980s, I felt ready to begin writing for publication.