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Ilion My Childhood, My Memories - Growing Up in a By-Gone Era was the #1 book checked out of the Ilion NY Public Library, for all of 2022, according to statistics that are provided by the Mid-York Library system.

About the Author

Kevin, dad, grandpa and papa are the monikers that I happily embrace daily. I live with my wife of 47 years in Rush NY, a suburb of Rochester, and I have 2 married children and 6 grandchildren. My education is in computer science and I spent a successful 40+ year career in the private sector with 2 fortune 500 companies.

During my retirement I began writing, publishing two books in 2022, and I am actively writing my third. My books have been non fiction, with a bit of history added in. When asked why I started writing, I respond 'because of my grandkids who have repeatedly asked, what was it like when you were a kid grandpa?'.

My first book chronicled the many adventures of my growing up in small town America in a by-gone era. The many fun times with family and friends attending elementary through 8th grade in Ilion NY (the Mayberry of the east). My stories capture the time and events of the era, and the sometimes unintended consequences not always anticipated by the young boy.

As I was growing into a young teenager my world was shattered by the announcement from my parents of the family moving to Minnesota – and I would be leaving behind all that was familiar my state, my town, my school, my friends including my first girlfriend.

My second book contains the many stories of my moving to Rosemount Mn. (a suburb of Minneapolis) where I attended and graduated from Rosemount Senior High in 1975. This book contains my stories of living and adjusting as a teenager in a new state, new town, new school and the many new students that I would come to know and befriend.

My writing style has been described as easy reading, atmospheric, and reminiscent of the television series The Wonder Years and Boy Meets World! Adding to my personal stories are many colorful photos of the buildings and places of interest from my childhood. Then to complete the reading journey I emphasize my stories with well- known quotes and interesting history from the areas I grew up in.

My books are currently available for sale on most book selling sites (Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, Walmarts, Ebay etc.) and have been placed in: the Mid-York (NY) and the Dakota County (Minnesota) library systems; The Farmers Museum in Cooperstown NY; Ilion & Rosemount High Schools, and various historical societies in both NY and Mn.

Book #1: Ilion My Childhood, My Memories – Growing Up in a By-Gone Era
Book #2: My Rosemount Mn. Memories – Teenage Years in My Shoes
Book #3: Expected sometime in 2024 - check back for updates