The author, John T. Sullivan Jr., has had a long and distinguished career in law, politics, higher education, and more recently, journalistic punditry. A native of Oswego, N.Y., a small upstate city on Lake Ontario (pop-20,000), he grew up in an area of the city called the “Forks of the Road”, a working class neighborhood close to the harbor area, and later became the Mayor of his hometown (1987-91). He and his late wife Charlotte raised four daughters in a large rambling Victorian house in an upscale Oswego neighborhood, which was in marked contrast to his more modest “Forks of the road” upbringing.
This book is the outgrowth of a series of columns he wrote for the local daily newspaper, the Oswego Palladium Times. His monthly column is titled “Forks in the road”. It is a collection of stories about people he knew growing up, and as an adult. Many of these people have been leading lights in the community, and the life lessons learned as a result of interaction with the subjects of his columns are sometimes profound, often amusing, and occasionally inspirational. They are always, at least , very interesting.
A practicing attorney for nearly forty years, he taught college level courses in NYS Politics and US government, and Co-Chaired the NYS Democratic Party. He now resides in Saratoga Springs, practicing law on a part time basis. He writes opinion columns for the Albany Times-Union monthly, and has had several columns published in the NY Post, NY Daily News, and Syracuse Post Standard. He was a regular columnist for the Joplin Globe ( Mo.), and the Pittsburg Ks. Morning Sun. He is also the author of an autobiography/Memoir entitled "Pee Not Your Pants! -Memoirs of a small town Mayor with big time ideas” which is scheduled to b e published by Bookfuel publications in May of 2017.