Alex Jacobson usually goes by Al. While a teenager he had an older cousin with two young children. While visiting them, he would be asked to tell the children bedtime stories. Rather than tell the usual stories, he would embellish them, and try to bring them up to date.
Though Alex aspired to become a novelist, and wrote several adult novels, he found that children loved those bedtime stories. It was his mother who always pressured him to write them down. Alex is known to his young fans as “Papa Al.” While a toddler one of his young fans could not say the name right, and it came out “Papa Al.” That name stuck.
Al says, “What the heck. Being called ‘Papa Hemmingway’ never hurt his career.”
Alex was born in San Francisco, California in 1942. He attended George Washington High School, there, and even wrote a autobiographical book about the experience. A third generation San Franciscan, Alex was somewhat frightened of earthquakes as a child. But, today says, “I’ve lived through a lot more earthquake predictions than earthquakes.”
Alex enlisted during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962. He spent three uneventful years in the army, but often says he is grateful to the army for an all-expense paid trip to Europe. After the army, he returned to college and received a Bachelor of Science degree.
At present, he lives in Commerce City, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. He says he is “Semi-Retired,” because he spends much time at the word processor coming up with new stories. He is always open to story requests from any youngsters. Lots of the stories he has written have been to fill the request of some young boy or girl who wanted something special just for themselves.