Richard Harnett (born 1933, Bronxville, NY), schooled in the City of Yonkers. Graduated from Hamilton College. Served in the USCGR (ENS, LTJG, LT) sailing out of Kodiak, Alaska, and later both afloat and ashore in San Francisco. Completed graduate studies in Geology (MS Geology, Univ. of Utah), and worked as an exploration geologist and independent oil producer out of Casper, Wyoming for 22 years. Later, he moved to Tulsa, OK, where the living is easier.
For years he scribbled stories on notepaper until the advent of inexpensive word processors. He never learned to type beyond 20 wpm. In 1996, he discovered Robert McKee's book on story structure: finally.
Married, two daughters, one son, and grandsons, he managed to find time to sail boats on inland lakes, and raced his Thistle and Soling.
His older sister will tell you, despite his travels and works, he never left his first childhood. Why ever lose the magic of wonder?