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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Toni Apicelli  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

-- Toni Apicelli on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Apicelli moved to Chicago when she was ten years old and lived in Rogers Park. It was the mid-fifties and the neighborhood was great with good schools and transportation. Her family lived two blocks from the lake. She graduated from Gale grammar school Sullivan high school. She moved around after graduation, but lived in Chicago from the end of 1967 through the 1968 Democratic Convention in August. She moved to California and lived there for seven years, graduating from college with a BA in Business Management. She has lived in Chicago since 1975 interrupted from 1979-81 by a stay in Omak, Washington. She was married in Chicago in June, 2001. She loves it there and plans to stay during retirement.

Biographical and Professional Information

Toni Apicelli true passion was always writing. She self-published his first book in 2010--A Sixties Story--the story of how he went from being a popular high school cheerleader to being part of the counterculture of the sixties and seventies in the U.S. My day jobs were in direct marketing management, as an executive assistant and as a proofreader.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Sixties Story
ISBN: 160844564X

Dog Ear Publishing, LLC. 2010

Raised in the uptight fifties when conformity was the rule, Toni's generation was the first-born of the baby boomers. They saw the civil rights movement unfold on the TV news and discovered an America very different from the America with freedom and justice for all they had learned about in school. Many were angry about being lied to and angry with what was happening.

They joined a counterculture movement of people who believed strongly that the U.S. should live up to its promise. They wanted fewer rules about lifestyle, less materialism and more harmony with nature. Many protested. Status quo America answered with police and National Guard troops. There were riots, demonstrations and assassinations along with the peace, love, good vibes culture of sex drugs and rock 'n' roll. Toni's book is a well-told remembrance of her journey from being a popular high school cheerleader to being an active participator in the counterculture.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Please contact me at I would be happy to read from and speak about my book at book store readings, on college campuses or to any audience that is interested. Chicago is the easiest location, but I am willing to travel and available most of the time. Retirement has given me that freedom.