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Product Details

  • Series: There Is Strangeness in the Universe
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468014412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468014419
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,395,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Philip Chen has been an ocean research engineer, a trial lawyer, an investment banker, and an all around eclectic. At age sixty-three as he sat quietly following his cardiologist's strict instructions, he decided to get into cartooning with no formal training in art or cartooning. Since then his cartoons have entertained hundreds (perhaps thousands) on the various boards and forums that he has posted them. He was a regular contributor to the New York Times eNewspaper, The Local, and had one of his cartoons featured in the Metropolitan Section of the print edition. Another of his cartoons was featured as an official iReport on CNN. It would be nice to say that his cartoons are award winning, but he hasn't submitted any cartoons to any contests and, frankly, the Pulitzer people have been kept busy handing out prizes to others.

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Philip Chen was born in China in 1944 and immigrated to the United States in 1949. Growing up in Washington, D.C., during the 1950s and 1960s, Philip learn both the pains and triumphs of American society at a crucial turning point in America's history. Washington in the 1950s was at the cross roads of Southern institutionalized racism and Northern false hope; a fact not lost on this alien child as he navigated the treacherous shoals of an Asian in a segregated society.

After receiving a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science from Stanford University, he worked as an ocean research engineer in the development of deep submergence systems. Part of his work dealt with vehicles that could freely dive to 20,000 feet of water depth. He also participated as a hyperbaric chamber operator for manned dives inside a pressure chamber to 1,500 feet. He holds one U.S. Patent for an underwater mooring system.

After his stint as an ocean research engineer, Philip was an environmental and energy engineer, a trial attorney, a public securities attorney, an investment banker, a corporate executive, a private equity manager (in Africa), a strategic consultant, a cartoonist, an illustrator, a website manager, and author. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota.

One of his mentors once told Philip that it wasn't that he couldn't hold down a job; he couldn't even hold down a career!

He is married with two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters, who are his pride and joy.

Phil's biography has been included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World for many years.

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Happy Holidaze is a collection of cartoons, links, and commentary by Philip Chen. I downloaded the book free during a promotion. I read this book on my new Kindle Touch and was amazed that I could enjoy pictures as well as text. As someone who has tried drawing, I can appreciate the author's drawing skill. The cartoon subjects are zany and whimsical. The author documents the subjects with links to the articles that inspired his intellectual humor. It's not easy to choose a favorite cartoon. Among the contenders are The Modern Granny and Her Urban Walker,Mark I; Garlic Press; and the author's artistic commentary on the rapture, burglars, and the origin of the pot belly. This book is a first for me, so I do not know of another for comparison. However, I was reminded of James Thurber as I perused Philip Chen's visual poke in the ribs. If you've ever wondered what the world is coming to, Philip Chen explains it all.
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