CALL ME JOE, PLEASE

In case you don't know me already, I'm a teacher, speaker, film criticjournalist and author living in bucolic Central Pennsylvania.

 

Having written my first book when I was 12—an ambitious and profusely illustrated sci-fi opus called Project Jupiter—it took me another 37 years to hit publishing pay-dirt with my study of Hitchcock, The Psycho File (2009).
 

In the interim I earned degrees from Syracuse and NYU, worked as a copy editor for Simon & Schuster in Manhattan, wrote 1000 features for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and loved teaching English at several high schools in the Northeast.

I've also spent 23 years as elder, clerk & adult Sunday school teacher for New Life Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Montoursville, PA.  I lead regular book and movie discussions in Central PA, while also playing trumpet in the renowned Repasz Band (founded 1831).

I have a lovely wife whose beauty is only hinted at the in this photo, and two terrific kids:  Douglas (b. 1989) and Tim (b. 1992).  All of them keep challenging me to be a better human being.

My second book, Sex & Violence in the Bible, was published by P&R in 2014.  The third, Transparency—probably the most important thing I've written—is now available through Amazon and on the BOOKS page at this very site!

Hobbies & interests include reading, movies, reading, smooth jazz, reading, the Buffalo Bills, craft beer, reading, railroads, hiking and reading.  

 

My favorite vacation spot is Sanibel Island, and if I could bring all my books along, I would move there tomorrow.

  

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