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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.

Eight Years Clean!

Today, I celebrate eight years clean & sober. I post this not to pat myself on the back, but to merely demonstrate to others that if I can do it, they can do it too. Prison, overdoses, stabbings, gunshots, homelessness, … Continue reading

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Just A Quick Hello!

Since I haven’t posted in quite some time, I decided to let you all know that I am fine, and even though not active here on my blog due to focusing on some personal issues, am still clean myself, and … Continue reading

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Seven Years Clean & Counting!

Today I celebrate seven years clean and sober! However, to be perfectly honest, I really do not feel like it should be a celebration of any sort. Rather, I have always contended that I should always be free from alcohol … Continue reading

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Enjoy Your Life All Year Round!

Today is the last full day of the summer of 2014, and, as fate would have it, is a glorious sunny one here in Brooklyn, New York. I had a very enjoyable summer myself, and hope you did too. The … Continue reading

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Gone Too Soon!

I was very saddened to learn about the apparent suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams yesterday in California. It’s a tragedy anytime any human being takes their own life, rather than ask for help with whatever particular problem they … Continue reading

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The Summer Of 2014 Is Finally Here!

After enduring such a cold and rough winter, summer is finally here, and I truly hope you all enjoy this terrific time of the year. I will be taking the summer off myself, since I have been working full throttle … Continue reading

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Free And Honest As Ever!

This week marked ten years that I was released from prison on June 8, 2004, after serving nearly six years for robbery, which was based on my past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling. Although I have done many good … Continue reading

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