Jack in the Cracks


If you’re looking for a memoir about a boy who always thought he had a better idea, Jack’s your boy. Whether he’s jumping off a second story roof with the police in pursuit, or ramming his head into a brick wall as he runs between two pine trees at dusk, showing off for the girls at a theater conference, he’s just looking for approval and affection. When he refuses to cry despite the vice principal, Miss Drennan’s, repeated whacks with a foot of orange hosepipe on his upturned hands, he’s proud of his stubbornness. 

Grandfather is called to school, finally, to hear that they don’t think Jack is college material. They’ll graduate him but only if the old man will agree that Jack will take the high school technical curriculum. It saddens the old man and devastates Jack. But years later, when Jack flies into Hawaii on the PhD committee of his friend Rodney Chang, he longs to have the old man, and maybe Miss Drennan, with him. He wishes the old man could know that all of those efforts by the school, to teach him learn to accept authority, had failed. 

 Jack would go on to find many successful careers as a writer, professor, filmmaker, marketing consultant, and futurist.