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I am a 76-year-old retired computer programmer who has taken on the task of writing the history of the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club. I need to become a better writer.

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You might ask, why does a 76-year-old retired computer programmer join a professional writers’ association?  As so often happens, there is a short and long answer.  The brief one is this:  This March, I completed my one-year term as Commodore of the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club (HISC).  For years I have asked long-time members if they would write the history of the HISC in time for our 50th anniversary in 2021.  Begging, cajoling, and pleading my case, no one would do it.  Fine, I said, I will do it myself.  For the last few months, I have been posting story drafts on our website: www.HISC.org.  But it has been a challenge to this old techie to write a history such that people will want to keep turning the pages.  When my friend Robert Macomber, FAPA member and renown historian, suggested joining, I jumped at the chance.

I will not bore you with the long answer, however, John Fleming asked if I would provide FAPA members with a few details.  I have been writing all of my professional life.  All of my titles are something like this:  The MCS-3 Materials Requirement Planning User’s Manual.  There’s a page-turner if there ever was one!  I have done one vanity book on my late father’s life: You Do What You Want to Do, a biography of William H. Schuldenfrei as remembered by his son Robert.  I give lectures on the American Civil War, so I have some experience in spinning a yarn.  If you, my reader, wants to see some of this work, turn to my website: www.s-i-inc.com

While there is no book of mine that you can highlight, the HISC history project is online and is open to non-members of our Club.  Here is how to do it:

Go to the website.
Go to the dropdown tab About Us.
Click on HISC History.
Click on the decade year. 
Choose the story.

If you have any issues getting to these materials, please send me an e-mail message at: bob@s-i-inc.com.  Don’t fret about my exposing my e-mail address, as I have been on the ‘net since the mid-1980s and every jerk knows who wants to send me spam know it.