Coming soon from Lone Rock Publishing--
Publisher's Note: The names and places have been changed to protect those involved. While the story is based on true events, because the character lost his complete memory, and because those interviewed could not remember details of events that happened decades ago, parts of the story have been fictionalized.
Blank Pages is a story about a man who undergoes electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) at the age of 40 to treat severe depression. While ECT has been known to cause temporary or short-term memory loss, Joe experienced complete memory loss, wiping out his entire autobiographical memory and leaving nothing but blank pages.
Follow the journey of trying to discover what Joe's life was like prior to his shock treatments and what events led to his diagnosis of severe depression. Blank Pages is a book in progress that will keep you intrigued as Joe relearns his past life and tries to find some normalcy for the future.
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I'm pleased to announce, however, that editing and design are currently underway, and expect to see Blank Pages as an E-Book later this summer.
Sections of the first half of this book have been posted on this blog, but there is still so much to Joe's story that hasn't been written about on this blog. Stay tuned for more information as the pub date gets closer.
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Joe's head coach was Bob Keister, who had been the defense coach under Moon. Keister was only 37 years old, and when he took on the responsibilities of the head coaching job, he totally revamped the staff. It was a "young and energetic coaching staff."
The Winona State Warriors had just come off of two losing seasons, and the the 1971 season wasn't any better. A young coaching staff and young players, including a freshman quarterback, the team was plagued with high-scoring shut outs and lots of injuries, including Joe.
Details of Joe's playing career at Winona State are sketchy at best. Joe's head high school coach remembers Joe starting every game, but his senior "mentor" says that Joe didn't start, but would be subbed in later in the games. Joe's "mentor" also said that he remembered Joe as being very shy and a goofball--much like his high school teammates remembered him. His mentor said they had some great times together, and the one things that sticks out in his memory is the time that they played the University of Chicago at Soldier Field. While they were in Chicago, they visited the top of the Sears Tower. Joe was so scared to stand up that he crawled across the floor to the windows! Since Joe was in Chicago with the team, we know that he was one of 25 traveling freshman for the team.
Stories are also sketchy as to how Joe really got hurt. Some say it was during practice, some say that it was during a game, some say he hit a goal post. Regardless, Joe was hit, or hit something, hard enough that it apparently caused his helmut to crack. He suffered a severe concussion and was told he should never play football again.
Ironically, even though Joe must have been one of the 25 traveling freshman on the team, and is very well remembered by his senior mentor, Coach Keister had no recollection of Joe. In fact, he put me in contact with several "Hall of Famers" from that year, and they also had no memory of Joe. They only knew that he had played because they had a roster with Joe's name on it.
And, an attempt to interview Moon Molinari, who was Joe's first introduction to the team, was not possible either. At the time this book was started, Moon was 91 years old and was in the hospital. He passed away on October 20, 2011.