|Blurbarian Since||December 2007|
|My Web Site||http://www.myfamily.com/isapi.dll?SiteID=gCgcAI&c=Site&htx=Main|
|Location||Citrus Springs, Florida|
|My Occupation||family physician|
|My Bio||Born 1950 in St Paul MN to Nettie & Dr George Hopkins. I am the 3rd of their five boys. Grew up in Hudson WI (near St Paul MN). I went to UW Madison 1968-1970. Grew upset with college (and the Vietnam War), I returned to Hudson & I worked as an aide at Hudson’s hospital. I observed surgery when Dad was operating, and got a feel for doctoring. I married Mary Ann Brunner June 1971, and started back to school in the fall at the U of Minn. In 1973 started Med School at George Washington in DC. Mary Ann worked for 3M Company at their main offices in St Paul, and she arrange a transfer to Springfield VA branch outside Washington DC. In 4 years we moved back to the U of Minn for family practice residency. Wm B Hopkins was born in '77 Lucas J Hopkins was born '79. In 1980 we moved to Owen WI, pop 800, lived in an old farmhouse, worked hard for 22 yrs, moved to FL, work half time, travel, research, travel more, & write. Constantly nag distant cousins for stories, pictures, etc.|
|Spoiler alert: I'm thinking my next book will be about...|
|300 pages long! Kennebec, Part 2, Out of Maine, will continue to follow my New Portland Hopkins family (nearly withering away from disease and fear of marriage), the Norridgewock Bixby's (scads of them), the Madison Weston's, and the Vinalhaven Hopkins of Dr T & Polly, as they begin the American diaspora across this continent, fight in the Civil War, and either amass or squander fortunes, become famous and infamous, or just keep pitchin' them lobster pots out every morning!|
|Everyone needs to know about these authors and artists...|
Mary Alden Hopkins (1876-1960) early feminist, Manhattan gadfly, official reporter for Henry Ford's "Peace Ship to Europe", and, with niece Doris Webster, America's 1st "self-help" authors. Serious works: "Dr Johnson's Lichfield", and "Hannah More and her Circle".
Artist Eric Hopkins, state artist of Maine, just google his name...he's the best! (also has son named Ian THEOPHILUS)
Sarah Bixby Smith, "Adobe Days", 1925. Still in print, my inspiration to tell the stories.
|This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)|
|"Close to Shore" by Michael Capuzzo, the true story that inspired Peter Benchley's "JAWS". I found it more riveting, as I believe all true stories should be (see "Kennebec: Part One")|