John H. Steinemann

John H. Steinemann was born on October 19, 1920, in Sandusky, Ohio, home of the youthful escapades in this book. He went to Saints Peter and Paul Parochial School and Sandusky High School, then on to college at Ohio State University, John Carroll University, and Ohio University.

John Steinemann
Attracted by the California sunshine, he attended the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree (1949) and Master’s degree in Education (1951). Continuing with doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Education (June 1957), and the call-shot championship at the local pool hall. After graduation, he worked as a program director at the Naval Personnel Research and Development Center in San Diego, California, until 1984, where he developed, evaluated, and improved training methods, and swam in the ocean nearly every day.

It was there that he met his future wife, Patricia Jane Crandall, who rescued his sinking boat, and him. As he sentimentally says, “She was the first woman whom I ever told, ‘I love you.’” John and Patricia were married on November 26, 1960. They had five children — Anne, Susan, Laura, Debra, John — and a great sense of humor. John continues to keep busy with playing piano, playing bridge, and playing with his grandchildren.

An autobiographical novel, Handstand regales readers with John H. Steinemann’s wonderful, witty, and wise view of life through adventures of the book’s protagonist, Jim Stratton.