I was born in Evanston, Il., and grew up in Arlington Hts. I graduated from Arlington High School in 1968. I received a B.A. from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, in 1972. I received an M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois in 1973. I taught English and Speech, including creative writing, at John Hersey High School in Arlington Hts. for thirty-two years. I am currently teaching Speech at Harper College in Palatine. I have been married to my wife Joani for thirty-three years. I have two married children (Matt, who is married to Becki, and Joy, who is married to Stephen). Matt and Becki have recently blessed us with our 1st two grandchildren, identical twin boys named Luke and Ryan.
Abner is one hundred and nineteen years old. He is desperately trying to make his one hundred and twentieth birthday so he can see his beloved Cubs win the World Series. It is the year 2020, and Abner is the only living person to remember the last time the Cubs won the World Series. Matt and Jason are two pre-freshmen who have taken on a summer assignment: interview an older man. They dejectedly move toward the senior home and their first meeting with Abner. Before the summer is over, they will be cheering with Abner for the re-born Cubs. Whether you’re a Cubs fan or not, you’ll enjoy this story: Abner’s Story.