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Name:  Pat Hickey  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1952 in Chicago, IL

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I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, attended Catholic schools in this city from grammar school through graduate school at Loyola University, taught English literature and writing at Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee, IL and La Lumiere School in LaPorte, IN and currently directs fund-raising for Leo High School in Chicago. I write a monthly column for Irish American News, contribute regular columns to Chicago Daily Observer and other publications. My two books, one a history and the other a historical fiction concern themselves with Illinois and Chicago history.

Biographical and Professional Information

Born -November 8, 1952 in Englewood Hospital, Chicago Illinois, I was attended Chicago Catholic grammar and high schools, received a Bachelor of Arts in EnglishLiterature from Loyola University in 1974, began teaching English and coaching sports at Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee, IL in 1975, married Mary Cleary in 1983, received a Master of Arts in English Literature from Loyola in 1987, taught at LaLumiere School in Indiana from 1988-1994, took a position as Director of Development with Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, IN and then Leo High School in Chicago in 1996. My wife Mary died in 1998 and I returned with my three children to Chicago's south side where I continue to write and raise funds for Leo High School.

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Titles At Your Library

The Chorito Hog Leg, Book 1: A Novel of Guam in Time of War
ISBN: 1434302024

AuthorHouse. 2007

Chorito is the name of a cliff overlooking the Asan beaches on Guam. In 1944, the 3rd Marines assaulted Chorito Cliff and Bundeschu Ridge. A Hog Leg is the nickname for an 1860 Colt .45 Revolver. Within the carnage of battle is a war pitting a young man, Tim Cullen, against his battalion commander over the possession of an 1860 Army Colt .45 Hog leg revolver which can be traced back to Capt. Myles Keogh who died with Custer. The last owner is the doomed Lt. Jack Buck of Giddings, TX. Buck will be killed in the taking of Bundeschu Ridge, but Jack Buck had exacted a promise from Pvt. Tim Cullen of his platoon to keep it from the hands of Major Lucas Opley, an up from the ranks Marine of legend, and return the Colt to his family in Texas. Parallel to Cullen's ordeals and suffering on Japanese occupied Guam are movie house operator Juan Cruz and his family, as well as an exiled Japanese American Dentist and his movie star wife. Exacting the cruelty is the oafish Boson Otayama and the American educated Lt. Kato. Awaiting liberation are also such historical figures of Guam's history as Father Duenas and Pastor Sablan. The revolver, in its shoulder holster, will be taken from Lt. John A. Buck's body by Cullen at an aid station on Guam's Red Beach 2 and cause Cullen no end of problems. The Battalion commander wants the Colt Hog-leg. Cullen hangs on to the weapon but never uses it and is repeatedly ordered by Maj. Opley to hand it over. Opley wants it for himself. This through-the ranks career officer will undo himself through his own devices and be sent home under a cloud after years of service to the Corps after the Guam Campaign.

Every Heart and Hand: A Leo High School Story
ISBN: 1420856510

AuthorHouse. 2005

This is the greatest story never told. The guys who attended Leo High School are too busy doing ,to have time to do any telling. The story of the support for a school that everyone but Leo Men predicted would close or should be closed is a great Chicago story, a great Catholic story, a great human story, and a real American story. Not having graduated from Leo High School, I am free to make a big deal of what goes on at 79th & Sangamon on the south side of Chicago. Leo High School is situated in an African American neighborhood, Auburn Gresham, but receives no active support from the black community beyond black graduates of this school. Generations of white Catholic men actively support a school that they attended, in order to help young black, mostly non-Catholic young men. None of their grand children or sons attend Leo, but they actively invest hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. These same supporters have been cast as 'white flight bigots' by academics, journalists, and even some religious. Mopes that hurl that charge go unanswered too often. Our people support Leo out of love for their fellow man - the same motivation that built the Catholic Church in Chicago. Without the support of Leo's Alumni, white and black, thousands of young men would not have the opportunity to succeed beyond the streets. Since 1991, 93% of all Leo graduates have gone on to Purdue, University of Chicago, Boston College, West Point, Northwestern, Loyola, DePaul, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State to name a few. Others like Lonnie Newman '02, deferred college scholarships for the trades. Lonnie Newman, Class Valedictorian turned down six scholarships to join Pipe-fitters Local 597. No student is turned away from Leo High School - most students score below the 40th percentile on the entrance exam, but after four years of hard work and commitment go on to some of the best schools in America. Most of all, their tuition is supported by the Leo Alumni, because Lonni

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