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and raised in Northeast Minneapolis,
Dick Solem went to Edison High for 2 years and transferred to Osseo High in Osseo, MN.
After graduating from high school, Dick went to the University of Minnesota. Married right after graduating from the U, Dick and his new bride, Colleen, traveled to San Antonio, Texas to begin a 3 year tour
of duty with the U.S. Air Force. After a stint in Japan, Dick left the Air
Force. He and his wife returned to Minnesota where he started a 25 year career in the Life Insurance industry. During that time, his family grew. His 3
children all have had successful careers. After retiring from the Life
Insurance industry, Dick assisted in establishing a successful advertising agency in the Twin Cities Metro area.
Besides being an avid reader, Dick has spent a lifetime as a collector.
For the past 25 years, he's had a "love affair" with English Toby Jugs and his
collection presently has over 450 pieces.
Dick's Featured Book Review:
Cross's Trial" is yet another novel by James
Patterson, this one in collaboration with Richard
Dilallo (his first.) I find myself unable not to
comment on the number and frequency of novels
written by James Patterson in collaboration with
many other writers. Certainly makes it appear to
be a very prolific situation. Oh well, perhaps,
this is really just a very novel situation (pun
intended!) In this story, Alex Cross's ancestors
play major roles. We are taken back to the early
20th century and brought face to face with the
horrific acts brought about by rampant racial
President Theodore Roosevelt has chosen
tough-minded Washington lawyer, Ben Corbett, to
take on a dangerous task back in his own hometown
of Eudora, Mississippi, which is also home to a
terrifying, hate-filled Ku Klux Klan. Ben is sent
to investigate rumors of lynchings in the black
quarter of Eudora. His contacts in the area are
Alex Cross's great uncle, Abraham Cross, and his
daughter, Moody. Survival has become a challenge
for both of them and their assistance becomes
invaluable to Ben, who soon finds himself in a
personal battle for survival. After terrible
losses to both sides in this reign of terror,
three of the Klansmen are brought to trial and we
find that the battle against terrorism has just
Interesting story, with interesting characters
makes for a good evening of reading. Enjoy!