I served for two years as a special agent in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps in Panamá in the 1950s. While in the Army I decided to pursue a legal career instead of becoming an English professor as I originally planned. On graduation from Harvard Law School I joined a large Chicago law firm, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, and general corporate law for thirty-two years. For the next ten years I was a venture capital investor, a field I had enjoyed while practicing law. Events in my life and the lives of persons I've known or learned about have inspired the fictional stories I now enjoy writing. Upon reflecting on the "stories" told by the elders in my family, I've come to realize that, as one ages, "fact" and "fiction" become harder to distinguish.