Fred Hammer is a septuagenarian both blessed and saddened by a prodigious memory. He is blessed with a clarity which takes him back to fairy tales and tooth fairies that were alive and real, a time when the kind hand of his mother tied his shoes when he could not; but saddened by the memory of cruel bullies whose hearts were black.
The author was raised in a little Pennsylvania town which never held more than 600 people. He is a 1961 graduate of the Bald Eagle Area Schools, and a 1965 graduate of Lock Haven State College. He was an English teacher for 33 years in the Bellefonte School system, where he was a basketball coach, a department chairman, and the AV Director. He retired in 1998, and after enjoying a decade roaming the country in a motorhome with his wife Nina, settled in Bonita Springs, Florida, where Nina became a champion horseshoe pitcher, and Fred became involved in volunteer work when he wasn’t reading, writing, or just telling stories to his friends.
Memories build on memories as the telling of one tale reminds the author of yet another character, the kid who rode the Ferris wheel holding only by his hands as his buddies pulled the wheel around, or the grandmother saddened by the fate of her lost pet. Characters old and young become real as they are rescued from a cliff, arrested by the police, or chased through a cornfield by a shotgun wielding farmer. All of the above were experienced by the author in his formative years.
Whether addressing a crowd of hundreds, or a single listener, he delights in creating modern shaggy dog tales, and observing the reactions when the proverbial “lightbulb” illuminates above the heads of his listeners. He enjoyed writing these stories, and hopes that you, his readers, enjoy them too.