My name is Linwood (Lin) Hart and I'm the author of the book, "Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice....The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire."
This book had been in the works for many years, before I finally decided to write and publish it. In doing so, I chose to focus on a specific 10-year period of Reginald F. Lewis's life. It was a period during which the two of us were particularly close and it is a period that received little coverage in his autobiography, "Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun."
While during his lifetime, Reginald F. Lewis accumulated great wealth and was arguably the richest African-American on the planet, this book is not about his wealth. It is about Reginald F. Lewis long before the wealth. It is about the challenges he faced during this 10-year period and the way in which he overcame them. It is about how he transformed himself from being ordinary to become extraordinary.
I'm a Maryland native, having lived as a teenager in the same West Baltimore neighborhood that Reginald F. Lewis's family moved to in 1952. Young Reginald and I met and became friends in 1956. We later became roommates and football teammates at Virginia State, remaining friends until Reginald's death in 1993.
I retired in 1995 from AT&T Network Systems. In my last position, I served as the Network Systems Engineering Director for International Services. I left to start my own company, Lin Hart & Associates specializing in professional speaker services and leadership coaching.
I am a graduate of Virginia State University. I currently reside with my wife, Frances, in Chesterfield, Missouri. We are the parents of two children, Lin Hart, Jr. and the late Gail Hart Stanfield.
My twitter handle is lhacafe. You can also find me on Facebook.