Green Bay Press Gazette
Want to go back in time? Humorist Jerry Harju tells how it was when kids could bring knives to school but not marbles. And what was on the menu when his father was the first stay-at-home dad. Jerry will jog fond memories of 1940's radio commercials and Christmas goodies, the Great Depression Syndrome of saving string and tinfoil, when the phrase "trick or treat" had teeth in it, and, yes, some jail time. Way Back When is a collection of selected essays published in the Mining Journal, Upper Michigan's largest Newspaper.
Jerry Harju was born in Ishpeming, Michigan, in 1933. He received a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1957 and an MS from the University of Southern California in 1985. After thirty years as a technical manager in the aerospace industry in Southern California, Jerry took up writing as a second career. Northern Reflections, Northern D'Lights, Northern Passages, Northern Memories, and his latest work, Northern Tales No. 5 are collections of humorous short stories and essays about growing up in the Upper Peninsula in the 1930's and '40's. The Class of ‘57 takes readers along a humorous and nostalgic path during Harju's six years of "higher education" at the University of Michigan. University life then, with its 1950's attitudes on world affairs, morality, and women's roles in society, was much different from today. Cold Cash is Jerry's first novel, a wacky tale about two amateurs who decide to solve their cash-flow problems by pulling a bank heist and getting away on snowmobiles. Typical of Harju’s work, the robbery doesn't go as planned and is further complicated by two strong-willed women. Here's what I think..., Way Back When, and Our World Was in Black & White are selected collections of Jerry's columns that have appeared for several years in the Marquette newspaper, The Mining Journal. To respond to fans who have trouble reading, The Witches Picnic in a 2 disc set of some of Jerry’s classic stories narrated by Ben Mukkala.
Jerry has begun publishing works by other authors. The U.P. Goes to War by Larry Chabot has become a local best seller.
In addition to writing books and newspaper and magazine columns and running a publishing company, Jerry travels all over the globe.
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