Mother Merrill Is Dead

Mother Merrill Is Dead

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FOR MORE THAN EIGHT DECADES, Ed Polokoff has lived life to the fullest, trying and succeeding at a dizzying array of endeavors. His multidimensional dossier includes a fifty-year career at Merrill Lynch that was labeled legendary. He fought the Japanese in the Good War while an officer aboard an LST. He made the varsity baseball team and Phi Beta Kappa while at Duke. He taught Economics at the University of Buffalo. He chaired the UJA, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Buffalo Foundation during his days in western New York. To this day, Ed is still deeply involved in running all the family accounts. And then there are his hobbies, which include golf, jazz piano, bridge, travel-and, of course, writing. Oh yes, and biking. (Is that a hobby-or a necessity?) Ed's eventful life serves as a backdrop for this warmly engaging yet coolly honest collection of essays encompassing the years from the Great Depression into the twenty-first century. Beginning with his rural boyhood and moving through his college and war experiences, stellar career in finance, and inspiringly eventful retirement, the book is a fresh look at the American dream. It is laced with vignettes about fascinating people, both famous and infamous, with stock market savvy, with confessions from youth, with travel adventures, with war tales, and much more. Never one to pass up a challenge, Ed even tried his hand at fiction-the provocative novella that ends the book is the result. "What a great life you have had-and I'm not talking about financial success only. The success of being who you are and being able to write about it the way you did, openly and even humbly...Let me say that I found the writing extremely elegant." -Raymond Federman, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Buffalshow more

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  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 142.24 x 218.44 x 33.02mm | 635.03g
  • Vantage Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0533165504
  • 9780533165506