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Essay by Bangkok Dan
Posted: Oct 21, 2010
It is my opinion of the state of the U.S. and the world,...
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I recently retired after 33 years as a newspaperman. I held most of the non-management jobs available at a newspaper, from copy boy through reporter to copy editor/page designer.
I also spent two years in the Peace Corps, teaching English at a high school in Thailand, where I met my wife, who was a fellow teacher there. We had two children before she died of breast cancer in 1987 at age 35. My daughter was 6 and my son almost 2 at the time of her death.
As a single father (though I have had help from some wonderful women through the years, I never remarried), I found myself with a lot of alone time after the kids were asleep. I started to write a novel. It was historical fiction, set in the 16th century. It required a lot of research into what was going on in the world at that time. Being involved in the story I was writing helped me to cope with the death of my wife, or, at least, took my mind away from it. I have rewritten this story countless times over the years and I still don't consider it publishable. I still have hope for it, but I've put it aside for a while.
About 6 years ago, I started writing another novel. This one is set in 1972 and is loosely based on a true incident. When I was maybe 12 years old, someone climbed the water tower in the community where I lived and wrote: "Kathy McLeod eats dog shit" I used that as a starting point for this novel, though I changed what was written to something . . . sexier. The novel is titled "Zipper" after the main character, the sheriff who investigates the water tower incident and a couple other unusual crimes that occur during the one-week period in which the story is set.