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  Melvin Giles

     Born in Texarkana, Texas, Mel Giles moved with his family to Chicago's Near North Side when he was three years old. He graduated from Lane Tech High School in 1952 then went to work as a printer for three years before he was inducted into the Army. Honorably discharged after his tour of duty he returned to his printing job in 1957.

     He began evening courses in 1970 and in 1973 he gained an Associates Degree from Morton College, in Cicero, Illinois. That same year he began his first job in computer programming and during a 20 year career worked his way up to Project Manager. Continuing his education he gained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1990, from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.

      Retiring in 1993, Mel Giles wrote his first book after years of writing poetry and short stories. A novel, entitled "George Street, Our Street: A Poor Family's Richest Years in Chicago", the book is based on his family's true experiences during the Depression, WWII, and the Korean War. His second book is "Bits and Pieces", an exquisite volume of his evocative poems. “Ordinary Men, Unforgettable Women” was his third book, a volume of short stories about interesting people he has encountered, some who also may be familiar to you.

     Mel's latest book, his fourth, is Long Winter's End , the long-awaited sequel to "George Street, Our Street". This sequel picks up the George Street story the day after graduation and leads the reader back into the Fab Fifties complete with the challenges a seventeen year old faced. In addition to the tests of finding a job and a girl, Gene Ryan needs to clock enough time behind a steering wheel in order to learn to drive. You will read too, about a test one faced when the traffic light changed, signalling the start of a forbidden, thrilling drag race along the streets of the big city and its suburbs.

     Mel Giles now lives in Caulfield, Missouri with his wife, Marge, an accomplished artist who is a member of the West Plains Art Guild. In addition to writing and publishing, Mel keeps busy tending forty acres, grazing a few quarter horses, playing country music, and getting involved in local politics and classic car shows where he exhibits his black 1985 Caprice Classic 2 door Brougham.


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