new (old) book

Readers of this blog probably appreciate I’m not above giving shameless plugs to my works in other media.  I suppose this is another.  I suspect I pushed my very first book here 2 years ago, but time has passed and I thought that book needed work, so here it is in its second edition.  First published May ‘21, the second edition is out at 2304 words and a mere 24 pages in this new edition, it’s still more a pamphlet than a book, but Amazon doesn’t have that category.  I stopped writing when I had all I had to say about the incident in question.  I still think it’s a powerful story, something that happened in October of ’68 and shook my little community.  No one who was alive in the area then has forgotten it, although many still wish to.  My little book, first published May ’21 and then second edition 3/10/23 describes a tragic car-train accident that killed 2 of my classmates and 3 other Vicksburg boys then the effect all of it it had on my community, which was profound, as you might imagine.  Hardly an enticing lead, but the emotion is deep and the writing is heartfelt.  Looks like you can get it for free (at least to me) on Amazon/Kindle (1)


  1. The Accident Kindle Edition by Robert Ike

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

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