More About the Author
A Room with a Loo
My journalistic career has been set down in a volume called "A Room with a Loo" as a guide to other people of what to do and not to do building their careers.It is also a testament of my work for my family.
It's not the story of some heroic news figure or fearless war corresponent. It's about an ordinary guy who stuck to doing things he enjoyed through good times and bad times. But more than this I am one of the dying breed of people who can bear witness to the revolution that has changed newsgathering and news dissemination forever.
I can still recall holding a printer's stick and setting type by hand in my high school print shop. Then, a short time later, sitting at a Linotype machine, watching a bar of lead melt in its reservoir as I typed out my story.... a story that would be hand carried, still hot, to the lock-up, a large metal frame in which the solidified lead would be secured ready for the presses.
A few years down the line, I learned to deal with offset lithography as printing went from hot to cold type. The hot metal was replaced by hot wax used to fix the paper type -- as it was -- to the paper layout sheet from which a photo was made to help mold the sheet metal casting. The age of moveable type was over.... now it came in massive blocks ready to print.
But even then, the media industry had no idea how computers and the Internet would soon change everything to such a degree that they would relegate Gutenberg's medieval marvel to insignificance.
Across a Crowded Room
Journalist Dan Ehrlich, who spent most of his adult life as a correspondent in London, wound-up homeless in Seattle at 63 when his British wife of 25 years left him for an older man. That's right, an older man.
It meant an end to his settled middle-class life in Europe but a new beginning in the Emerald City.
In his book Across A Crowded Room, Ehrlich recounts the hope, disappointment, frustration, happiness and adventure awaiting cast-off senior citizens who suddenly find themselves in the dating game.
After a scary start in a strange town, his resurrection here has given him a new lease on life during the so-called "golden years." But it was a beginning he never expected thanks to the Internet.
Through, "Across A Crowded Room," Ehrlich relates, in a mainly light hearted, often comic style, the life awaiting elderly single men. Through a series of somewhat humorous vignettes and wishful fantasies mixed with occasional facts from official case studies, the author takes the reader on a journey from despair to hope in a globetrotting expedition to find the perfect woman. In other words, one who could put up with him.
As he says, "Why couldn't this have happened when I was 30?" In the process the author claims to have discovered what Sigmund Freud never could: What women want.
This unusual story, told openly and honestly, with an economical use of prose and laced with acerbic humor, will appeal to mature men and women.