I grew up on the grounds of Larned State Mental Hospital, where my father was its dentist. That was interesting. I went to The University of Kansas during the tumultuous 1960s. That was interesting, too. For the first half of my adult career I worked in newspaper journalism. You couldn’t call that boring. I won my share of honors, twice winning the award for investigative reporting from the William Allen White School of Journalism at KU. For the second half of my career I was Director of University Relations at The University of Kansas Medical Center. There were some boring times, but the exciting episodes made up for it. I retired at the end of 2010 from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, where I was its media relations officer. You see, my degree from KU was not in journalism, but in art history. Unfortunately, my father died when I was 21 so I couldn’t make him eat his words about that art history degree not being worth anything. I’ve had stints living in Italy and in Japan.

During all this time I’ve been putting words on paper, creating fiction. My works don’t fit into neat genres, unless that rather new genre “quirky” applies. And each work is quirky in its own way. What that means for me is that in each work is evidence of a deep search within myself. Sometimes it’s scary what you find in there.

I’m semi-retired now in Kansas City, keeping busy with a lot of things, among them promoting my fiction and creating new works. That search within yourself never ends.





Crazy About You

Service brats grow up on military bases. Asylum brats grow up on the grounds of mental hospitals where their parents work. Both juveniles and adults will be riveted by the story of high school asylum brat Brad’s week in 1964 that tests his sanity and grows him up faster than he ever wished.

The potential for bizarre at the Larned State Hospital is coalesced into one week of Brad’s life. He thinks he’s in love with the schizophrenic teen, Suzanne, who has to be tied up to keep from picking her palms until they bleed. Only Brad believes her story that she is trying to cleanse her palms of her father’s semen. And only Brad believes he has the plan to save her when her father wants her released back into his care.

But it is the brutal murder of a townswoman and the missing status of her daughter, a nurse at the mental hospital that rivets the town’s attention. Brad becomes a hero when he leads campus police to the hiding place of an AWOL patient/suspect, who believes he’s John F. Kennedy. Brad knows he’s not the culprit and gets further enmeshed in the mystery when, while working in the mental hospital’s cafeteria’s dish washing room finds a finger stuck in the mashed potatoes.

A group of employees who run a theft ring believe Brad is ratting on them so they take him to see Alex Krout, mass murderer and the most dangerous of the criminally insane, and threaten to throw Brad to the caged madman. And it’s prom week at school. The desire for normalcy finds Brad with a dream date who’s crazy about him.

The lit fuses hit the dynamite on prom night when a group of patients in the building for the criminally insane hold guards hostage and Alex Krout, squealing in his cell, waits for his chance to run amok.



Randy’s Cause:

I wish to donate $1 from every purchase of Crazy About You to:
Headquarters Counseling Center
Lawrence, Kansas
They man (and woman) the phones as the nearest National Suicide Prevention Lifeline center near me. This is great, important work that has saved many lives.
Website: http://www.headquarterscounselingcenter.org/


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Crazy and other works by me can be found at





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