Rich Siegel was born and raised in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. He attended High School in a State University College town that is close in physical proximity to the site of the original Woodstock Concert. He spent his adolescent years against the back drop of the Vietnam War, the peace movement, the “hippie” culture, and the Watergate scandals.
After graduating from High School Rich attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pennsylvania. In 1982 he received his B.A. degree with an emphasis on History and Education. Rich returned to the Hudson Valley in the 1980’s to teach secondary history and coach boys basketball.
At the age of 30 Rich married and left the teaching profession to enter the business world. Since then Rich has been involved in many aspects of the insurance and employee benefits industry. Currently he owns and operates an Insurance Agency in the same city he was born.
The stories in this book are inspired by people and events that have brushed against the author. Rich has labels this work as fiction, but claims the authenticity of each chapter ranges from 90% to 100% in accuracy. Although in some instances names have been changed, the characters live or have lived and are not his original creation.
Each chapter is told in two parts. The first parts are told mostly as stories, while the trailers are reflections that offer the reader an opportunity to a backstage view behind Rich’s introspections. The music lyrics that introduce each chapter serve as a linkage between the verse of the chapter and the inspiration of the author.
Rich resides in Kingston New York with his wife Donna, and daughters Laura and Mary Kate. This is his first published work.