nine years old, they moved to Tutson in Orange county, California, a rural area just
begging to suburbanize At the time, there were orange groves all around, and the
local kids would often divide up in to teams and have ornge fights. He injoyed
school and louis was a good student, but it wasn't until
high school that he really
became a divoted reader.
After high school, he attended Antioch colledge in Ohio. It wasn't long,
before he received
word of his fathers sudden unexpected death. Louis returned to
California to be near his mother and he also took a semester off from school,
During that time, he had a short but surprisingly
succsesful as a Fuller Brush Man.
One day on campus, he saw an unlikely sight of an elementry school girl handing out
flyers. He took one from her. It said - "HELP! We need teachers aids at our school.
Earn three units of credits." He thought it over and decided it was a pretty good deal
Colledge credits, no homework, no termspapers, notests, easyer than learning
russion, and all he had to do was watch a bunch of kids at hill side elementery
So, he beacame a noon tume supervisor. It became his favorite colledge class, and a life changing
expierience. He found that he didn't like all the little stories that the childeren were reading, as he had always
wanted to write, so he decided to try his hand at a childerens book of his own. Hillside Elementry became the
insperration for his first manuscript, "Sideways Stories From West Side School". All the kids named in the in
the book were named after the kids he new at Hill Side. He even included him self as a chariter called "Louis
the yard teacher", In the mean time he graduated in 1976 with a degree in ecenomics.
His first job after coledge was in a sweater ware house in nor walk, Conneticut. Not the best use of...