Arnold Popkin


Arnold Popkin grew up in Trenton, N.J. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for 8 years – undergraduate and medical school. He then completed an internship and residency in ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently practiced 14 years in central New Jersey and 33 years in Charlottesville, Virginia, specializing in the fitting of contact lenses.
He is also a very accomplished pianist, having started lessons at age 3. He managed to combine a rich musical life with his medical practice. He has recorded eight CDs of classical piano pieces which are available at He gave over 20 solo recitals at the University of Virginia, and has given concerts in several other states. He has performed often with many accomplished violinists, cellists, flutists, and singers, and has also begun composing for the past 5 years.
He lives in Charlottesville with his wife Phyllis, an author and motivational speaker. They love pets, and presently share their home with Romeo, a 20-month old Shih Tzu (their sixth Shih Tzu) and Gypsy, their wonderful 15-year old lap cat.

Smashwords Interview

What made you think of writing a book about basketball?
Many times I became very unhappy with the last minute of games. I felt they were a travesty, and some new rules would help.
Did you think of writing this book several years ago?
I did, and started working on it. I did some research into how to get it published, and became disenchanted fairly soon afterward. I had hoped to get a famous basketball player or analyst to co-author it with me to help get it published.
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How to Fix Basketball Games
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,240. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Basketball
Changing a few rules in basketball will make the game much fairer and more enjoyable. The major changes concern intentional fouls near the end of a game and the fouling out rule. Other subjects discussed include changes in time outs, changing the shot clock to 24 or 30 seconds, and better use of replay. Logical explanations for change are given, and fairness is the most important criterion.

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