Brooklyn born (1926) Earl Bronsteen is Yale educated (Majored Sociology; Minored basketball). He retired from his successful business career as a corporate executive in the 1980s. His early love of photography was rekindled twenty years ago and he opened a studio in Manhattan producing Cibachrome prints of sights he had photographed all over the world. Earl and wife Judy moved to Florida where he gravitated from photography into installation and conceptual art, culminating in a one-man show at O K Harris in Manhattan. His art has been exhibited at various museums. In 2005 he turned to writing and published “Contemporary Art Appreciation 101” an embellished “artists' book” written in a satiric vein which sells for $265 in a limited edition, and has been purchased by many of the country’s foremost university and public libraries.
Earl Bronsteen is a financially well-off senior citizen and a straight-laced Yale grad. But in 2010, he turned to a life of “crime” all because of an innocent enough piece of mail: an invitation to a free lunch seminar sponsored by a company promoting reverse mortgages to senior citizens. In his satiric memoir, the author recounts his visits to 50 free lunch seminars.