Fifty...My One Year Journey
Eric was born and raised in Akron, where he has lived most of his life. After graduating
from Ellet, he went to Gadsden State, and Jacksonville State Colleges
in Alabama. There he studied TV, Radio, and Broadcasting for over two years
while laid off from Goodyear.
He worked for a production company in Alabama, back in the '80s.
They taped weddings, commercials, and two TV shows. One was a gospel show, and one
was a show called "Classic Wheels", which Eric co-produced. It showcased local antique
cars and feature stories.
He lived in Alabama for 12 years, due to a job relocation with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
Eric has worked for Goodyear for 34 years now, and is currently in the race tire
In 1999, Eric received the "Spirit Award" from Goodyear. He was selected by his peers for being
the "outstanding employee of the year".
He was also part of the Goodyear Safety Committee for over ten years. Eric provided
information and ideas for a safer working environment between the workers and management
and reported any unsafe conditions.
"I married, had two kids, divorced, and became a single dad while in Alabama.
After returning to Ohio with my kids, I met Luanne and we married in 1997, after
dating for three years. Luanne helped me raise my kids from very young ages
and has loved them as if they are her own. My family now lives in the Ellet area,
one block away from where I was raised."
"Speaking of my kids, my daughter, Erika, is now 20 years old. She graduated from Ellet
Still undecided about her future plans, she currently works for a cleaning company,
and lives in Mogadore.
My son, Mark, is 17 years old, and is a junior at Ellet. He takes honors classes, and
is scheduled to graduate in 2010. He plays Varsity on the Ellet Soccer team, loves cars,
and still lives at home."
"My family attends Maranatha Bible Church in Akron, where I am an active member. I participate
in men's outreaches and several programs for children including, Gopher Buddies, and Kids
With A Mission."
Eric coached youth soccer for Firestone Park Soccer Club for six years, and refereed
High School soccer through the GASOA...the Greater Akron Soccer Officials Association
....for 5 years.
He's a member of the Goodyear Tennis league. He likes the outdoors, biking, walking,
spending time with family and friends and writing. Eric loves music, so he is often
searching out coffee shops or park concerts to hear some of the great local talent.
"My favorite local musician is a very talented singer/songwriter named Zach."
Eric mentioned his affinity for writing....
"I used to write poetry at work. I was approaching 50 and a few strange things started
happening, so I decided to start writing short stories of things that happened to me
during my first year of being 50.
About 95% of this book was written after midnight while
I was at work. It took an entire year to write, and another year to select a publishing
company then complete the editing, layout, cover design, printing and marketing process."
The book is called: "Fifty....My One Year Journey".
The official release date of Eric's book is February 3rd, 2009.
At that time the book will appear for sale and can be ordered at any major bookstore
or online websites such as amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, target.com, and many more.
Until the release date, Eric's book will only be available for sale the following ways:
1. You may contact him directly by calling 330-607-8261 to request a copy
or by submitting your e-mail request to this website*.
2. By ordering online through Tate Publishing using the following link:
Besides purchasing the paper version of this book, this book includes a free
download of the audio version of this book.
Once downloaded to your computer, you can listen to the book through your computer's
speakers, burn it to an audio CD or save the file to your portable music device (such
as Apple's popular iPod) and listen on the go!
The Back Cover reads:
"Come with me on this amazing one-year journey as I enter my first year of being 50.
Enjoy unpredictable events as they happened, walk with me on the picket line
in “Picket Fences” and learn about family traditions in “Can of Thanks.”
These true-life stories will hit your funny bones, bring you to tears, and
warm your heart."
Plus, I've included some of my own personal poetry.
Learn historical facts about the All-American Soap Box Derby, check out the giant
Goodyear Air Dock where many blimps were built, or visit Lock 3 and step back in time
to the Canal Era.
Enjoy this reading experience!
Oh, and it's Baby Boomer Friendly....the print is big enough to see!!! :-)
*[Email addresses are not posted on the website, as hackers troll sites looking for
email addresses and then deluge them with spam. So, send your request to this
site and it will be forwarded to Eric within the hour.]
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