Shel Weissman was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, the elder of two sons of Anne and Murry Weissman. The young, hard-working parents wanted their children to academically succeed and derive a quality of life that elusively escaped them both.
From the time he was three, the author was a street kid, evolving his survival skills -- humor, storytelling, and developing a prodigious imagination that went beyond his tiny apartment and neighborhood in Brownsville. Shel Weissman attended Public School 183, Tilden High School, City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and State University of New York, earning his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1974.
His prolific writing enabled him to excel as a psychologist, State Department supervisor, professor, consultant, and researcher. He published numerous journal articles, project reports, developed educational resources, four books of fictional short stories, a memoir, and travelogue. He prides himself on writing contemporary, complex characters that are relatable and fallible. The author writes in the lyrical way of the minimalist authors, using simple language to explore complex feelings and concepts.
“To be human is to be remembered, and gives us our measure.”