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Ice Cream Headache — Coming Soon

Set in a small town in Illinois in 1968, the novella centers on the lives of a community of people whose lives intertwine on one fateful day in May of that year, including: Ray Jackson, isolated and strong in the face of losing his business and wife; Johnny Fitzpatrick, who has decided to run off […]

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Ice Cream Headache — Front Cover

I have a photographer friend back in the Illinois Valley shooting the cover for my novella, Ice Cream Headache and this is what she came up with so far. I’m wondering if the hand on the milkshake works as much as I thought it would. This photo is a start.

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Soda Jerk

I don’t recall ever seeing a soda jerk in action, but I do remember as a young child going to a drugstore and having an ice cream soda at the store’s soda fountain. Years later, when I was in high school, I would often go to Ford Hopkin’s drugstore in downtown LaSalle, Illinois which had […]

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Ice Cream Headache: Places of Interest

It was either the spring of 1966 or 1967 the first time I went to the Supreme Dairy Bar for a milkshake and a microwavable hot dog. Years later, when I was in high school the dairy bar had been converted into a pool hall and pinball arcade. I stopped in there one afternoon, during […]

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Soundtrack for Ice Cream Headache

You know when you hear certain songs how they take on a musical journey back in time to when you first heard them? That happened a lot when I was writing Ice Cream Headache. I had all these songs in my heart and soul; songs that I heard when I was a young boy in […]

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Ice Cream Headache: A Look Back — Part 1

Writing Ice Cream Headache, I was overcome with an enormous wave of nostalgia as I drew upon a trove of memories from my youth living in Oglesby, Illinois (1966-1976). This story started out as poem about a young boy who goes to the Supreme Dairy Bar one day and has a milkshake. From that poem, […]

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Synopsis: Ice Cream Headache

Set in a small town in Illinois in 1968, the novella centers on the lives of a community of people whose lives intertwine on one fateful day in May of that year, including: Ray Jackson, isolated and strong in the face of losing his business and wife; Johnny Fitzpatrick, who has decided to run off […]

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