Joel Reitman is currently retired and writing short stories. Life for him began in Brooklyn and his stories reflect the atmosphere of those early years. Joel mixes in street games, trolley cars and city life with his favorite pastime, baseball. An avid lover of animals, Joel also writes about several of his favorite furry friends. Automobiles have always fascinated Joel from wanting to design them to actually racing them. His forays into the world of formula auto racing are also reflected in Joel's stories.
Joel graduated from high school in Long Beach California and earned two degrees from the Uni-versity of Cincinnati in Ohio - a B.S in design and an M.S. in education. His working career began, in Patchogue, New York, began as an art teacher. Later Joel became a special education teacher working with young adults. As he neared retirement, Joel wrote a weekly column about high school sports for the Smithtown Messenger. His stories grew to include politics, pollution and local Long Island news. When he moved east to the North Fork of Long Island the column be-came a second career in journalism, writing for the Traveler Watchman.
Joel has presented at the Stony Brook museum, and several public libraries. His other passion is photography. Joel often has several photographs on display at various locations on the North Fork of Long Island, where he now resides with his wife, Anne. They are well cared for, as usual, by the newest furry friend, Kassie.
B is For Brooklyn D is For Dog
These series of short stories begin with a butcher block table in a Southold New York eatery that brings back flavors of a Brooklyn delicatessen. Joel's Brooklyn stories remind us of old radio shows and 42 - Jackie Robinson's number when he came to the Dodgers in 1947. In another story, taxis roam under the Queensborough bridge and in yet another, model airplanes soar over a Los Angeles suburb. The book moves west along a road that doesn't exist - Route 66 - to a school that reminds one of the movie Grease. There also several stories of cars racing in the sands of the fabled Hamptons. And, of course, fond memories of furry friends fill several chapters. Published 2015.