A Little Nostalgia To See Us Through

In 1956 I was nine years old.  My life was about baseball.  One afternoon my father came home from work with three tickets for a New York Yankees game.  I saw my boyhood hero Mickey Mantle hit two home runs that May evening in Cleveland, Ohio, against the Indians.  One of the pitchers he tagged for a towering shot into the right field bleachers was the flame-throwing Hall of Famer Bob Feller.

My grandson plays on the 9th grade team for a Colorado high school with a terrific baseball program.  Former L.A. Dodgers player Greg Brock was the head baseball coach here for years, and he left a grand legacy.  The varsity field is groomed to perfection, every day.  It looks like a major league ball diamond.

There are numerous state championship banners flying in the wind.  Before and during the games, this song, along with many other traditional songs you’d expect to hear at a big league game, is played over the P.A. system.

You can’t beat a good baseball game for All-American entertainment.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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One Response to A Little Nostalgia To See Us Through

  1. Kathie Karl says:

    What a lovely reflection

    Kathie

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