Volume 1 is entitled "A New Mexico Childhood: The View from Albuquerque's Edge in the Sixties and Early Seventies," and covered my childhood and high school years (1956 - 1974) growing up in Corrales, NM, near Albuquerque.
Volume 2 is entitled "Climbing the Razor's Edge into the Bright, Blue Dome of the Sky: A Trip through the Academic West of the Seventies and Eighties," and covers my college years, when the New Mexico boy reached maturity. Since I took my time deciding on a college major, getting a Ph.D., and had two postdoctoral positions, Part 2 covers a large swathe of time (1974 - 1990). The scope of the memoir treats Socorro and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and expands beyond New Mexico's boundaries to include Denver, Colorado; Tucson and Tempe, Arizona; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
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About the Author
After leaving Albuquerque in 1980, Marc Valdez obtained M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He also lived in Tempe, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT. From 1990 to 2016, he worked as an Air Quality Meteorologist at Sierra Research in Sacramento, CA.
Marc Valdez volunteers with various community musical theater and dance groups. He was affiliated with Tucson Regional Ballet (1985-1988) and is currently affiliated with Davis Musical Theatre Company (2000-current), serving on its Board since 2002.
Marc Valdez ran as a Democrat in the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Of 135 candidates, he placed 41st.
Other books by Marc Valdez and available on Amazon.com:
"Carpe Diem! - A Memoir of the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election: Dozens of aspiring politicians band together in a hunt for support across California," Marc Valdez, 2013.
"A Guidebook to 'Breaking Bad' Filming Locations: Albuquerque as physical setting and indispensable character," Marc P. Valdez, with contributions by Sven Joli and illustrations by Brian T. Bailey and Tom Lamb, fourth edition, 2017.
"Dog-Walking Stories: Nighttime Journeys into the Sacramento Demimonde with Sparky and Bella," 2017.
"A New Mexico Childhood: The View from Albuquerque's Edge in the Sixties and Early Seventies," 2017.