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In September Steve will be tipping off a new page on this website: “CENTAUR SEASONS,” a memoir in blog form of his years playing basketball for the Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales Centaurs in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. To read the blog’s introduction, click here.

Allentown College has since become De Sales University.  And the Centaurs have become the Bulldogs.

Just Like That

Click on the newspaper to read Steve’s article on his 9/11 experience, as featured in The York Sunday News

Steve is writing a one-man-show stage adaptation of MY FATHER’S HEART. Working on it now for nearly three years, Steve has sought advice from Frank “Bud” Martin, a college friend from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now De Sales University).  With an informal “table read” of MY FATHER’S HEART completed, a more-formal staged reading is being considered.

Bud Martin recently stepped down as the Artistic Director of Act 2 Playhouse in Ambler, Pennsylvania, where for his last production he directed “My Fair Lady,” which was extended three times. Bud is taking over as the Executive Director of the Delaware Theater Company.

BOOK SUGGESTIONS
A pair of books with (very different!) connections to MY FATHER’S HEART: “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend,” by Susan Orlean and “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World,” by John Carlos and Dave Zirin.
Rin Tin Tin and MY FATHER’S HEART
John Carlos and MY FATHER’S HEART

This coming fall semester Steve and MY FATHER’S HEART will be making
an encore appearance at Marywood University. Dr. Agnes Cardoni plans again to have her Medicine and Literature class read Steve’s book, MY FATHER’S HEART, and have Steve come to the class in November to discuss the book and the writing process. Steve visited with Dr. Cardoni and her class last year, where the students — demonstrating that they had indeed read “MFH” — surprised Steve with a birthday party. The November date is mentioned in the book and it coincided with his visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania.

What Steve and MY FATHER's HEART Have Been Up To

Steve presented MY FATHER’S HEART at the Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium’s 8th Annual meeting . The theme, at the College of Physicians of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was “Through the Lens of Time: Perspectives on Medicine and Healthcare.”

Particpants in the inaugural Bereavement Camp Conference in Cleveland, organized by the Camp Erin Foundation, found a copy of MY FATHER’S HEART in their registration “goodie bag,” compliments of Da Capo Press . Steve provided a signed postcard for each book. The Camp Erin Foundation was created and founded by the Moyer Foundation . Jamie Moyer is the ageless All-Star and a World Series-winning pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies.

More Events

Steve spent a fun hour with eight seniors at Regis High School  in New York City talking about his experience as a sports writer.

Four copies of MY FATHER’S HEART were included in the fund-raising efforts of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps’ 7th Annual New York City Spring Cocktail Reception. Steve joined the JVC Northwest in 1975 and in MY FATHER’S HEART remembered his experience teaching at an Eskimo-Indian boarding school in Alaska.

Steve presented “My Father’s Heart” at the National Council of Teachers of English national convention, a guest of the “Pennsylvania Showcase: Coming Home Again” series sponsored by PCTELA, the Pennsylvania chapter of the NCTE. At the November conclave Steve suggested his memoir for high-school summer reading lists and offered ideas for how to employ the book in the classroom. Take a run through the halls of Steve’S high school, the setting for much of MFH, in the video GREEN & GOLD.

Steve was part of an author’s panel discussing memoir and “The Bonds of Family” at BookCourt in Brooklyn. His fellow panelist were Helene Stapinski (“Five-Finger Discount”) and Franz Wisner (“Honeymoon With My Brother“). The fund-raiser was co-moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri and Eric Simonoff, literary agent and co-head of William Morris Endeavor books department. Proceeds benefited the Brooklyn Waldorf School.

Steve and MY FATHER’S HEART were guests of the Authors’ Reception at the Association for Death Education and Counseling national convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

After an autumn 11:15 mass, Steve discussed “My Father’s Heart” as a guest of the monthly book club of the Oratory Church of Saint Boniface in Brooklyn, hosted by the Very Rev. Fr. Dennis  M. Corrado, C.O.,  Provost, Breukelein Institute.  Twenty-five book-club members participated in spirited conversation. Steve, who growing up was a member of St. Joseph Parish in York, Pennsylvania (much written of  in “My Father’s Heart”!), has been a member of the Oratory for 15 years.

Steve returned home to York, Pennsylvania, the setting for much of MY FATHER’S HEART, to appear on a pair of television shows, “Medically Speaking” on WRCT, and “American Visions” on WGCB-TV.

highlightsThe “Highlights for Parents” Web page of “Highlights for Children” interviewed Steve along with three other Dads about their lives as fathers.

Steve spoke about MY FATHER’S HEART, and about his experiences coping with heart disease, as a featured speaker during the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association national convention in Dallas in April.

The York Daily Record excerpted a short section of MY FATHER’S HEART about the small southcentral Pennsylvania town’s love for the old (and the real!) Baltimore Colts.

Steve was also in York to speak to health-care providers gathered at the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center.

Steve was the keynote speaker at at the 26th annual black-tie fund-raising gala for the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. The event, attended by nearly 700 people, raised $700,000 for cardiovascular research and education. Steve combined a reading of excerpts from the final chapter of MY FATHER’S HEART — the night Steve watched his father die of a heart attack — with reflections of growing up under the specter of heart disease.

Steve was back in York as a featured speaker at the “Go Series” at York’s Martin Library. Appropriately, the theme was “Go Back to Your Future.” Steve read excerpts from MY FATHER’S HEART about how he came to grow up in York and invited audience members to share their experiences of growing up in York as well.

Steve was a guest speaker in the new “Men’s Zone” of the Women’s Health Expo at Tech City in Kingston, New York. He spoke about his legacy of heart disease and gave a demonstration of the Concept2 Rowing Machine, which he writes about in “My Father’s Heart.”

 

Steve in the Media

Steve was a guest on the TODAY Show. You can see the video here. Read about the tie — yes, the tie!– Steve wore on the Today show

NPR Home Page

My Father’s Heart was interviewed by Scott Simon of Morning Edition

Steve was a guest on the Diane Rehm Show. Read more about it and listen to the episode.

Listen to an interview Steve did with Kate Sullivan of Wordsmitten — for “the people, the books, and the business of writing & publishing.”

Cardiologist Mehmet Oz on the Oprah & Friends Radio Network recently talked with Steve about his father’s heart. The interview aired on February 19.

Steve participated in a reading as part of the Varsity Letters Reading Series at the Happy Ending bar & grill in New York City. Steve was also featured in the VL’s online publication, Gelf magazine, where he talked about how “My Father’s Heart” came to life.

The Washington Post

My Father’s Heart was excerpted in the Washington Post.