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John Gilstrap

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A little bit about my background... I've always been a closet-writer. As a kid, I lived for the opportunity to write short stories. I was the editor of my high school newspaper for a while (the Valor Dictus, Robinson High School, class of 1975), until I quit ("You can't fire me! I quit!") over a lofty First Amendment issue that seemed very important at the time. My goal, in fact, was to become a journalist in the vein of Woodward or Bernstein. Okay, I confess, I wanted to be Woodward; Robert Redford played him in the movie, and chicks really dug Robert Redford.

I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1979, and armed with a degree in American history, I couldn't find a job. I ended up settling for a position with a little-noticed
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The answer is sort of a hybrid. I know the beginning, a couple of points in the middle, and what I think is going to be the end. As the writing unfolds, I make new choices all the time and pray that I'm not gong to screw myself up at the end.(less)
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Lee Harvey Oswald and Me: One Degree of Separation

Sixteen months ago marked the 50th anniversary of one of my great research obsessions—the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Last name notwithstanding, I am of Irish Catholic heritage, and in my house growing up, the Pope and President Kennedy were held in equal esteem. When the news came that the president had been killed, my mother was devastated. I was six at the time, and while I couldn’t fully Read more of this blog post »
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“Run,Nathan,run.
Run as if your life depended on it.”
John Gilstrap, Nathan's Run

“Battles are won when warriors make the decisions not to lose.”
John Gilstrap, No Mercy

“.....youth dies when you stop believing that you can affect the hand you're dealt at birth. The reality is, sometimes you just draw shitty cards, and no matter how much you plan, and no matter how hard you work to be good and to go to church and to think the right thoughts, there's nothing in the world you can do to get a reshuffle.”
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