The 2B Literate Gang
With Heart & Mind Entwined!
Herewith are the scholars and wordsmiths who contributed in sundry ways to create Totally Literate.
TD: founder of Totally Literate, pictured way back when. After serving in a recon platoon in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, he attended the U. of Maryland in College Park, getting a B.S. in Finance & a B.A. in Eng. After writing The Red Well-Read Reader, he attended the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore and got his de rigueur teaching credentials. While teaching in NYC, he attended SUNY Stony Brook, where he got a M.A. in Lib. Arts. TD grew up in DC and currently resides in North Carolina.
Danielle, the author's goddaughter and his inspiration for writing TRWRR translated one half of the stories of TRWRR into Español Mexicano. She and her Mexican husband Manuel have three lovely daughters, two old enough to read. Both girls are literate in English and Spanish. Both started to read at the tender age of 3-years old. In 2016 Danielle became a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.
Brian, the author's nephew was his "bestest buddy" growing up, and still is today. Besides English, he's literate, to various degrees, in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Hindi. He is the founder of MineLife, a collaborative database for investors in various mining industries.
Philip, my "nephew" and bosom buddy growing up, is today an airplane pilot with Spirit Airlines and the SPA Government Affairs Chairman.
These siblings have been apt students indeed. They are the author's brother Terrence's children, and Brian McGann's cousins.
This good-natured fellow is the son of two severely handicapped parents. Thomas and the author have known one another ever since the boy was in his mother's womb. In first grade, he was given a copy of TRWRR, and with help of neighbors and friends he learned to read. Today he is living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, working 60 hours per week for the USPS. He intends to enter college soon and perhaps seek a degree in petroleum engineering.
Brighid, a new mother, attended the University of Notre Dame, as did her mother and father. Today she teaches at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School in Bethesda, Maryland.
Brendon is a West Point grad and a former Special Forces captain in the U.S. Army. He's bilingual. His second language is Pashto, which is spoken in Afghanistan. He is the husband of a lovely lady, Caroline, and the father of three delightful daughters.
Eva, collaborating with Danielle, translated TRWRR's stories into Castilian Spanish. She is native Spaniard now living in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. Her congeniality and professionalism was and is greatly appreciated. Besides running a translation service, she does pro bono work as an interpreter for Mexican immigrants.