Ernest Olson


Ernie Olson holds Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, is a professor emeritus, does political cartooning and illustration, attributes his most important learning to his children, and in his spare time, under the name of JC Canon, writes short novels. He is the author of several nonfiction books, but it is in fiction writing that he finds the greatest satisfaction. In addition to his academic and creative work, he is a popular speaker and workshop leader. He is well known for his humorous and motivational speeches. For 11 years he served as a consultant to law enforcement agencies as a forensic artist and hypnotherapist. At different times in his life he has been a standup comic, television educator, researcher, ballroom dance teacher, lifeguard, ski instructor, copy-writer, illustrator, public administrator, and traditional Chinese medicine therapist. Like one of the characters in his novels, he has ridden a motorcycle coast to coast and back. He is happily married and living in Northern California.

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Price: Free! Words: 29,520. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Botany professor CB Oldenberger is approaching age 50 and he’s not happy about it. He even considers getting a facelift. Join CB in a slightly madcap escapade that includes organized crime, a beautiful spy, the Chinese triad, and a series of events that remind him that what is important is not so much how you look, but how you live.

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  • A Tale of Survival: From War-Ravaged Europe to the Promise of America on Feb. 14, 2013
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    Dr. Tom Kando tells a tale that is at times disquieting, but one that is always entertaining, and ultimately inspiring…and it is a story that is more fact than fiction. As is often done by any good author, he does take some literary license, as revealed by the 9 “fibs” identified in the preface; nonetheless, the bulk of the story is an honest portrayal of his life and times, of challenges met and obstacles overcome. Born in war torn Europe, Tom’s early life was one of privation and hardship, but this did not stop him from pursuing his love for learning nor his desire to study in the United States. Eventually, through grit, persistence, and a bit of luck he follows a harrowing, sometimes rowdy and always challenging path that ultimately leads to a Ph.D. and a career in academia. Having been branded a refugee from childhood, he also realizes the dream of becoming a citizen of his adopted country. Tom is not afraid to explore important cultural themes through the microscope of his own personal experience. Sexuality, racism, jingoism, politics, marriage, patriotism, and religion are all touched upon. Nor is Tom afraid to expose the dark-side of academia, revealing that the halls of the academia are often more hollow than hallowed. Some of the incidents and encounters are filled with pathos, many with a touch of humor, but all are subtle lessons. Throughout the book, the professor shines through in the form of snippets of insight and wisdom. For example, in explaining why people immigrate to the United States, he has this say: "…it was an escape from the cobwebs of cultures that hold onto subtle and not so subtle forms of traditional hierarchy, discrimination and disrespect, cultures which demand conformity and can be oppressive to the free-spirit, to the ambitious, to the individualist…. For such people, America is the promised-land because, to a large extent, America was created by such people. America is especially attractive to people with initiative, people who don’t fit the mold, people who don’t belong, in one word - individualists." In those few words he captures the essence of traditional “American” society, and sets the stage for later social psychological discussions that are cleverly intertwined within the storyline. This is a delightful, gripping, and insightful book. It captures your interest in the first few paragraphs and holds your attention to the very last. In the end, it leaves you feeling privileged to have had a no-holds-barred look into the life and times of a most interesting and courageous individual, and it reminds you that no matter how tumultuous the present there is always hope for a better future. Ernie Olson Just a guy who likes to write and draw, and enjoy a good book.
  • A Tale of Survival: From War-Ravaged Europe to the Promise of America on Feb. 14, 2013

    I just reviewed my review of Tom Kando’s A Tale of Survival and was surprised to see that I had inadvertently failed to submit a star-rating. Tom has written a terrific book. In an often humorous way, he touches upon a variety of sensitive topics, is both insightful and factual, and tells a story that is both inspiring and entertaining. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I happily give it a 5-Star rating!