The author is a first generation American, with both parents speaking five languages fluently. He spoke only French until he was five years old. Unfortunately for him, he lived in Brooklyn, New York at the time.
The family moved to Long Beach, Long Island, a reclaimed sand bar south of the main island, separated by one bridge. A nearby neighbor was the Godfather, Frank Costello. Our city was advertised as The Safest City In The U.S.A.
The author left home for the army and Virginia Tech. Marching out of step for the rest of his life, he attended six universities thereafter, until becoming a psychologist.
Continuing his need for multiple experiences, he worked for the Veteran's Administration a Peace Corp. project, taught at four colleges and started a labor union for psychologists which still exists.
He taught first year medical students about sex and interviewing and psychiatric residents about diagnosing and group therapy. He supervised two private counseling centers, trained two hundred psychiatrists and numerous other mental health professionals.
He remarried and currently has six children and grandchildren. After retirement, he used his early experiences to manage money for select clients.
Writing this book was a labor of love. I have had an enduring interest in Marilyn Monroe and the Suicide Prevention Center for forty five years.