I went into the fire service as a young man and spent 15 years as a firefighter and then an arson investigator before an injury forced my early retirement. Along the way I picked up a BA and an MA in History, and more recently, an MS in Criminal Justice. I experienced quite a bit on the job; some good and some bad. I saw a thousand tragedies play out in front of me. But a career in public safety is also akin to having a front row seat at the Theater of the Absurd. I have stories so crazy that you’d swear they were fiction……but they aren’t.
I’ve taught community college history courses part time since 2004. I started doing this while I was still on the job as sort of a side gig. Upon my retirement, I began the seemingly fruitless search for a full time professorship. Last spring (2018), I took a step forward and accepted a temporary full time position. No doubt against their better judgement, they made me regular full time going into the summer of 2018.
My interests in history are varied and they are also the same as my writing interests. The World Wars and the American Civil War are my biggest passions, other than redheads. I’m also deeply fascinated by Imperial Russia and the Russian Revolution, and as part of that, Russian literature. If I could go back to school and get a PhD, it would be in Russian Lit. I have published one World War Two novel . My current writing project is a sweeping Civil War epic which involves the Confederate plot to burn New York City in 1864.
When I’m not in the classroom, or sitting in my office staring at the door and waiting in vain for a student to visit or a train to pass by, I’m at home watching TV with Anastasia, or listening to a Red Sox game on the satellite radio. She prefers shows with horses and cowboys. I love music, movies, and fashion from the 1940s. I wear vintage suits as often as I can. I’m married to a hot redhead. We live in a house built in 1932 a few blocks from Galveston Bay. In addition to Anastasia, we have five other cats and my personal library of around 2500 books, at last count.
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Note that Lee Hutch is my nom de guerre/plume.