Work Hard & Help Others!

Me At Javits Center Signing BookMe Signing My Book At The  Javits Center In Stripes
Ever since getting arrested and finding myself incarcerated for nearly six long years back in 1998, I decided right then and there to make a change.

I wrote my book, “Jew in Jail,” while serving my sentence, and it was unbelievably therapeutic in helping me cope with my situation and get my life back on track.

These days, in addition to continuing to promote my book and write this blog, I also deliver motivational & inspirational speeches at drug treatment programs, hospital detoxes, jails, schools, etc., in order to help other recovering addicts and those with low self-esteem and self-confidence live a better life.

In addition, I eat healthy, and wake up at least five mornings a week, no later than 6am, to work out twice and help keep my body in as good a shape as my mind, since balance is crucial for optimum happiness.

What I have really been trying to accomplish, ever since getting “Jew in Jail” published, is to secure a book signing at a major bookstore, like Barnes & Noble.

I am happy to announce that I have finally done just that!

I will be appearing at the Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 19th at 12:30PM to sign copies of “Jew in Jail,” as well as meet people and hold a discussion about what it was like for an alcoholic, drug addict, and compulsive gambler to do time behind bars and gain recovery from his past addictions.

I don’t mention this as a “feather in my cap,” but only to draw attention to this disease and show others that what happened to me – a college graduate with an excellent family, and professional career going in broadcast journalism – can happen to anyone, because addiction doesn’t discriminate.

The more I talk about my experiences, I feel the more I can obviously help others in a similar situation, and this way, turn what occurred to me into something positive.

September was recovery month, and I spent it traveling to rallies, fundraisers and meetings, and did as much as I could to get the message out that getting better from this disease is possible, and one need not go down that same path as I did, which included going to prison, before deciding to seek help.

In the days, weeks, months and years ahead, I will continue to do everything I can to spread this message.

I hope people will listen!


If you haven’t read my book, “Jew in Jail” yet, I hope you do.

It is chock full of insightful information on how I was able to recover from my past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling while incarcerated, and go on to lead a happy and healthful life myself.

I also always welcome comments from you, my readers, about my blog, book or website, because receiving feedback from you is what drives me to be my best and help others.

Until next time, everyone, have a great day, and week ahead!

About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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6 Responses to Work Hard & Help Others!

  1. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

    WOW….*CONGRATS* to you my Good Friend!! Of course I’ve already read your Fantastic, Insightful, and Inspiring Book & Story! YOU Have coma a long way BABY!….LOL…I’m HONORED to call you my friend, and Best Wish’s at your DREAM BOOK Signing! I think there maybe a STATUE of HONOR for you buddy in NYC SOON.. :-0 🙂 Much LUV xxoo..*Catherine*

  2. gman18 says:

    Aww, thank you so much, Miss Catherine. Your positive energy is captivating and contagious, and you are an amazing role model! xoxoxo Gary

  3. A very inspirational post. I like your discipline of rising at 6am and working out.

  4. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

    AND SO ARE YOU my good friend, that is why I have Passed on some LUV your way with *The WordPress Family Award* and beautiful friendship….YOU INSPIRE so many here on your wordpress blog and you deserve a little SHARE of your blog to others.! *CONGRATS* recovery/ xxoo *Catherine*

  5. Thank you so very much, Catherine.

    You just continue to amaze me with your unstoppable work ethic, and to also be a shining light for myself and others!

    Very simply, the world needs more positive, caring people like you.

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