What does one say when discovering that an icon in the fields of writing, marketing, communication, education, and community service quietly launches a blog of some import? Hal Alpiar, shown here with his beloved 10-year-old Barnegat, is a career writer; national book award winner; radio host; publisher; management trainer; editor-in-chief; professor-of-the year award winner; won two federal appointments to SBA Advisory Council; national marketing award winner; National Committee for Quality Health Care. Not only that, but Alpiar's latest book, High Tide, is ready for review by agents. This work of fiction is based on true events. The Alpiars recently moved to Delaware, and Hal is busy launching and soliciting support for a “TALES ON WHEELS” (converted schoolbus) mobile classroom to teach book appreciation, creative writing and stand-up presentation skills to “academically-undernourished” children in the State of Delaware. Though it’s proudly “The First State” in the U.S., he says, Delaware is ranked 44th worst out of 50 in literacy, with just 6 out of 10 graduating high school. I can see lots of possibilities for Tales on Wheels. Like, once the schoolbus is ready to roll, using storytellers like my sister, Calamity Jan, to encourage young people to write their own stories. Trust me when I say that Calamity Jan is colorful and creative. Plus she has 14 incredible grandchildren that love her storytelling. Best to you, Hal Alpiar, in all your ventures. Thanks for making yourself available to the rest of us in a new and creative way! And here's an interview of Hal by Tom Walsh, of the Cape Gazette, talking about Tales on Wheels.
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