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Donald LoCicero

Iím sure I speak for all of the class of í53 when I say that it is hard to believe that almost fifty years have passed since we bid adieu to  Franklin K Lane and walked off into the sunset. Who would have thought back then that one day we would have Medicare cards in our wallets, and pill dispensers on our kitchen tables? I guess we canít really complain too much, though, when we think that at our age Mozart was already dead for more than thirty years. I've read some of your biographical sketches, and now I will add mine so that a thousand years from now some anthropologist can write a treatise on the primitive people who once lived in an exotic place called Brooklyn.

June - 1953

Having left Brooklyn College after a less than successful academic year, I spent five years as a hearing aid technician, married Cecelia, eventually returned to college and graduated in 1961. Four years later, the torments of graduate school over, I went off with my PhD to teach German and Russian at Oneonta State University in Upstate New York. One year later, I moved to Cedar Crest , a small womenís college in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where I  taught for thirty six years. Cedar Crest offered me many advantages: along with my language courses, I was able to develop such diverse courses as The Outsider (a study of the Holocaust and other genocides in human history); The Superhero in World Literature (a course which delved into the archetypal hero, using our home grown comic book, radio, television and film superheroes to point out their similarities to those in the epic masterpieces from various countries and eras); The Female Her; The 1960s: the Second American Revolution  and various courses in Creative Writing.  I also created and directed the Cedar Crest Honors program, chaired the International Language Department, and  periodically conducted seminars as a guest professor at Lehigh University, Muhlenberg and Moravian Colleges.  In addition to my teaching, my late brother, Vince (who was an earlier Lane graduate and my mentor) had a textbook published. 
In 2000, I underwent a thyroidectomy after having been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and while free of any traces of disease since then, I decided to retire last year (2002), in order to devote my time exclusively to writing.  I have had five novels published in the United States and three in China. My China connection is too long a story to include in this short biography, so I will let your imaginations have free reign to come up with possible scenarios. Since no story is complete without a commercial interlude, I would like to point out that my works are listed on the Amazon , Barnes and Noble, and Booksamillion websites. Lanites will particularly recognize the chapters on high school which appear in the novel, A Guy from Brooklyn.

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