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Writer, actor, taxi, bus/truck driver, factory and restaurant worker, youth counselor, softball playing Irish American—ten years on the road, hitching East Coast, West Coast (pendulum like) 60s in San Francisco’s Haight/Ashbury.
Graduated San Francisco State College '67 (English Lit.) with a nigh to impossible grade point average of 2.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.
Jack has authored and published two other books: We Came to Fight a War (paperback & E-book) written from the words of Radio/Gunner, Alvin E. Kotler and based on brother Bill's experiences as a B-17 Pilot in Foggia, Italy in '44 & '45. Awarded Honorable Mention Medal by the Military Writers Society of America in October of 2011 in the category of non-fiction/memoir . . . And "It's Okay to Lie if Your Fingers are Crossed (Paperback, E-Book & Audio) A neighborhood tale of the 1950s that takes place in a suburb north of Fenway Park (more than loosely based on Jack's childhood) about young Billy Flynn, who strikes an alliance with the Lone Ranger in order to help him contend with an adult world that does not have his interest or well-being at heart—a world “where people had not yet learned through television how not to be themselves” and all that that entails.
Jack has also had an extensive stage career spanning thirty-five years, including two National tours with the Chamber Repertory Co. of Boston and seasons with The Gloucester Stage Company, The North Shore Music Theater and the Boston University Playwright’s Theater. In 1982, as an amateur, Jack was selected Best Supporting Actor in Giraudoux's “The Apollo of Bellac at the New England Theater Conference at Brandeis University. His stage roles have included Willy Loman, Death of a Salesman, Jud Frye, Oklahoma, Eddie Carbone, A View From the Bridge, Scottie Templeton, Tribute and Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came to Dinner.
Jack’s next book will be about his days and nights in the 60s—hitching across country—those LSD whacked-out Haight/Ashbury and North Beach times—cab driving in the big city—and of course love and all that that entails.