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Joel Elman, a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned a Liberal Arts degree from Boston University; from there he attended Brown University Graduate School, believing that a Ph.D. in Russian would enable him to escape the gravitational pull of ignorance and poverty. He left Brown after completing his first year of advanced study, having made the stunning discovery that ignorance and poverty are not inextricably linked. Mr. Elman also concluded that the study of Old Church Slavonic, and the need to sound like one is gargling oysters in order to pronounce it correctly, was not relevant to modern life or his desire to pass himself off as an English gentleman.
Mr. Elman then earned an MBA degree from Harvard Business School, and, like every other graduate in the history of that splendid institution, was informed by an anonymous official that he was in the top third of his class. His unfinished poem entitled “God Bless Harvard” has been under construction for the past 36 years.
His post-graduate role in American industry as a dynamic executive is legendary, but irrelevant to his heroic flying adventures, and has been omitted to make space for his photo.
A licensed pilot for over four decades, Mr. Elman owns and pilots his own airplane. Many of the short stories in this book previously appeared in major flying magazines, a number of which are listed on the back cover.
If you have this book in your hands and are wondering whether you should buy it, let us urge you to splurge. If you don’t like the book, you can probably get your money back from the author who is sensitive about such things, thus creating a standard in the publishing world that not even the Bible has attained.
on July 09, 2011 :
A riveting story--brilliantly imagined and beautifully written, not to mention wickedly funny. The author takes on the fundamental question of The Meaning of Life without blinking--and dares the reader to do the same. A true tour de force!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)