Dr. Horlick graduated with a BA from Rutgers University in the class of 1939, and with an MA in the class of 1940. He received his PhD in French literature from Columbia University at the age of eighty-nine in 2007, which was made retroactive to 1954 (a very interesting story in its own right). He was a soldier during World War II, where he served in military intelligence and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. As a U.S. government employee following the war, he headed international research programs in a number of federal agencies. After his “retirement” from the government, he served as an editor of International Benefits Information Service from 1982, where he continues working to the present day. He has traveled to Europe and other continents on business more than forty times. His first book, The Pension Mountain, was published in 2007.
He considers his proudest achievement to be his wife of sixty-eight years. Ruth, a fine arts photographer, has exhibited extensively on three continents. Dr. Horlick has been a lifelong sports fan. He has been wanting to write this book ever since he witnessed Rutgers defeating Princeton for the second time in history back in 1939.