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Class Authors


Our class seems to have a plethora of authors.  As one so aptly stated: "a credit to Paly's great English teachers."  The list includes various award winning authors, including one Pulitzer Prize Winner.  Listed in alphabetical order by author....

most recent author's publications listed immediately below


Model Ships of a Septuagenarian: and His Musings About Life, Death, and War by Randall L. Got - Jan. 2020available through Amazon 

This book was written by a 75-year-old misoneist who reminisces about the good old days. He displays eleven wooden model ships that he built from kits, one a year, since he retired in 2004. They are the HMS Pandora, the Roter Lowe, the Royal Caroline, the Brigantine Revenge, the HMS Victory, the Sao Miguel, the USS Constitution, the Royal Yacht Mary, a Roman Bireme, a Mississippi Riverboat, and the Red Dragon Junk. In addition to the pictures of each ship, there is a short description of the history of the ship and the men that sailed them.
The book also includes four historical dioramas that he built and the story behind them. They are: The Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral, The Triumph of Scipio Africanus, Custer's Last Stand, and The Jousting Tournament of King Henry II of France. They are displayed in 24x12x12 inch wooden display cases.
In addition to his musings on Life and Death, there are chapters about the Philippine-American War and the Battle of Attu Island. As a bonus there is a chapter on his friend Frank Shimada and his memoirs about his tour of duty with the 442nd RCT during World War II.


Robert Boaz

Alaskan Quest

My Four Legged Friends


Christopher Burdick

and in Chris' own words....

"Hey, I'm a published author! Twice, in fact, although they are chapters on public sector labor law published by LEXIS-NEXIS and sold to dull, boring California employment and labor lawyers (like me) including my latest attempt, published earlier this year, in which I co-authored a chapter on California Public Sector Pensions (a subject about which I actually know something! A lot, in fact, obscure, hyper-technical knowledge gained over 31 years of actually doing it, and being one of the half-dozen or so union-side advocates generally blamed for being responsible for the present mess people claim we are in). 

My prior effort was about 20 years ago, when I co-authored a chapter on the scintillating and thrilling subject of  Notices, Motions, and Stays in the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) volume on Administrative Mandamus (CCP Sec. 1094.5).

Chris:  "Wanna a copy? A few pages of either tome and a hot glass of milk at night and you will fall instantaneously asleep."

Enlightenment: A True Story of Life, Love, Interracial Marriage, the Vietnam War, and Prejudices by Randall L. Got (Feb 13, 2014)  available at Amazon

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts, ..." As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII - by William Shakespeare. Come and relive the 50s, 60s, and 70s if you are over forty years old, or come and marvel at those wonderful decades if you are thirty-nine years old or younger. Journey through the "Schoolboy" age, the "Lover" age, the "Soldier" age, and the "Justice" age of the "Seven Ages of Man," played by an All-American male of Chinese heritage. Randall L. Got retells his life's story growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and coping with trials and tribulations of adolescence, pursuing a college education, seeking romance, coping with Army life during the Vietnam War, weathering his parents' disapproval of his interracial marriage, and building a successful thirty-three year career in accounting and finance as the Vice President of Finance for CHA Industries. Each role has fortuitously led him to inner peace, serenity, and enlightenment which will hopefully allow him to gracefully cope with the dreaded "Pantaloon" and "Second Childhood" ages when he is old enough, "sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything," to play those roles. Come into the amphitheatre and take a front row seat, and hopefully you will be entertained for many hours, but more importantly, you may learn how to improve your own performances as you "strut and fret your hour upon the stage, and then you will be heard no more."

Randall L. Got is an All-American male of Chinese lineage who grew up in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s when interracial dating and interracial marriages were extremely rare, and brought disapprovals from all sectors of American Society, even though the United States was considered the "Melting Pot" of the world. He was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana from 1967 to 1969, experiencing first-hand the turmoil and anger within our nation over the Vietnam War, and the animosity of many of its citizens directed towards the servicemen that included the "Draftees," who went to battle to protect the "American Way" when ordered by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America. After his military service, he courted and wedded the girl of his dreams against the wishes of his parents, and went on to a promising career in accounting and finance, spanning over three decades, as the Vice President of Finance for CHA Industries. He is the father of three daughters, and enjoying his "Golden Years" with his wife of forty years, living in Peace, Harmony, and Serenity, eschewing the struggles of the universe, leaving them to be resolved by the younger generations who are on their quest to find Happiness, Love, and Enlightenment.

Kent Hinckley
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Kent's his first novel entitled, “Hearts, Minds, and Coffee," a Vietnam peace odyssey.  The story is like Dances with Wolves meets Platoon.  Dedicated to the late Buck Kingman (Paly ’62) and two of Kent's fraternity brothers.  Available in paperback through Amazon (278 pages - fiction).   
"Fictional account of four anti-war soldiers as they face threats from U.S. military brass and the Viet-Cong. In the end, with their lives in the balance, they try to save Americans and Vietnamese villagers against horrendous odds during a surprise attack by the North Vietnamese Army."   Click on the Amazon link  for a complete story synopsis.

Kent has written short stories, travel pieces, and a play entitled "The Interrogators" that won an award in the Writers Digest Annual Contest. He loves non-fiction, history, as well as mysteries, thrillers, and especially espionage novels. Many experiences from Army Military Intelligence in Vietnam and living in Taipei and Tokyo working for Bank of America in International Finance have found their way into his stories. He also worked in the real estate industry emphasizing green technologies.


Doug Hofstadter

Doug is a College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also directs the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition.  He is married with two grown children.  Doug is also a multilinguist- fluent in French, Italian and Russian.  He has memorized well over 1,000 lines of Russian poetry, plays the piano, loves to dance (especially the salsa), has lived abroad in Italy and France.  A fascinating life--too much to include here.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid  aka “GEB”  Feb 5, 1999  - Pulitzer Prize Winner   As one reviewer states, "This book was Doug’s “magnum opus”.

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking: April 23, 2013

I Am a Strange Loop - (Jul 8, 2008)

The Mind's I Fantasies And Reflections On Self & Soul by Douglas R. Hofstadter and Daniel C. Dennett (Jan 17, 2001)

Le Ton Beau De Marot: In Praise Of The Music Of Language - (May 23, 1998)

Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies: Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought - (Mar 22, 1996)

Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern - (1985)

Minds I - (Nov 1982)


Sarah Niles Kafatou

September, 2020. Available through Amazon . In her journal Pomegranate Years, Sarah Kafatou relates her thoughts and activities during the three years, from 2014 to 2017, Fotis Kafatos, her husband of over four decades, entered the nearby long term care facility to the time of his death. Sarah, an American poet and painter, and Fotis, an internationally distinguished biologist, chose to settle in Crete, where he was born and grew up, after he had become severely affected by Alzheimer's.

The implicit question the writer of the journal asks is: How shall I live well, even as my beloved husband is dying? Her answer includes thoughtfully managing Fotis’s care. It also entails abiding engagement with painting, hiking, playing the piano, enjoying visits with her adult children and their families, and partaking of the companionship of friends. All these endow her life and writing with resilience and gusto. Reading Pomegranate Years, you’ll engage with a writer who invites engagement.

“Let The Light Go: A Collection of Poems” - by Sarah Niles Kafatou

Sarah has taught at Harvard University and the University of Heidelberg.  Her poems and essays have appeared in various journals.  Sarah has been a research associate at the Center for European Studies at Harvard and has published a history of Latin America. Her translations from Sophocles and Euripides are on file at the National Theatre in London. Her paintings were shown in one-person exhibitions at the Galerie Melnikow in Germany and the Municipal Gallery of the City of Heraklion in Greece.  And a catalogue of her paintings has been published in Greece.  Sarah has not been one to allow the grass to grow beneath her feet constantly pursuing new interests and studies.  She is a multi-linguist, fluent in a number of languages, plays the piano, paints, writes and is married to the internationally renowned Greek scientist, Fotis Kafatos whom she met at Harvard.  Dr. Kafatos has had a sterling career as an entomologist and molecular and biomedical biologist.  They have resided in Massachusetts as well as Greece, and more recently in London.


David Edward Rye

David was the founder of Computech Corporation and later a Director at IBM.  He earned his MBA with honors from Seattle University.  He is currently president of Western Publications and writes finance books from his Goodyear, AZ office.  His award-winning books include “Starting Up” and “1001 Ways to Inspire Yourself”.

1,001 Ways to inspire: Your Organization, Your Team, Yourself

1,001 ways to get promoted

1,001 Ways to Save, Grow, and Invest Your Money

25 Stupid Mistakes You Don't Want to Make in the Stock Market

The 250 retirement questions everyone should ask

Attracting & Rewarding Outstanding Employees

Complete idiot's guide to financial aid for college

How to Start & Operate A Successful Business: Winning the Entrepreneur's Game

The Corporate Game: A Computer Adventure for Developing Business Decision-Making Skills/Book and Disk

The Vest-Pocket Entrepreneur

Two for the money: Financial planning for the two-income couple

Winning the Entrepreneurial Game: How to Start, Operate, and Be Successful in a New or Growing Business (An Adams Business Advisor)

Stop Managing and Lead

Starting Up:  Do you have what it takes to make it in you own business?

Save My 401K!: What you can do now to rebuild your retirement future

It's Boom Time Baby! How To Make Money After You Retire: Supplementing your retirement income with a home-based business


Karl Schonborn

Cleft Heart – Chasing Normal 

Thankfully, Cleft Heart has been received well by the critics as indicative of Amazon review headings--
   “A Powerful and Moving Memoir”
  “Awesome book about overcoming obstacles”
   “Felt like I lived it”
   “Unless allowed a 6th star, I cannot recommend it more highly”
   “And ‘David slew his Goliaths’” 
   “A lesson in honesty and courage”
   “Perfect Title - Powerful and Provocative Book”

Copies may be ordered through Amazon or Barnes and Noble  If you would like an autographed copy of Cleft Heart, visit http://karlschonborn.com/faq/ for details.

Visit http://karlschonborn.com/schedule-of-events/ for future appearances, etc.

Karl is pleased that traffic to his website and Cleft Heart’s Facebook Page grows daily. It's probably because he's been posting two new blogs each week. If you're one of his faithful readers, he give thanks to you!

If you already own Cleft Heart, thanks for helping make it a bestseller. Please recommend it to your friends, write an Amazon or B&N review, recommend it to your book club, etc. 

"STOP, LOOK and LISTEN" - Screenplay

Violence and Conflict: Understanding the Issues and Consequences - How teachers, police and even UN Peacekeeping Troops can more effectively deal with violence."

Policing Society: A Comparative Look at Violence, the Use of Force, and other Issues in the US and UK.

To  Keep  the Peace: Crisis Management in  Law  Enforcement.

Dealing  with Violence: The Challenge Faced by Police and other Peacekeepers.

Karl has first-hand knowledge of clefts, heart defects, and violence of all sorts—from schoolyard bullying to international bullying. He's written four books besides Cleft Heart, some with recommendations about how teachers, police and even U.N. peacekeeping troops can more effectively deal with violence.

After nine years of schooling back East, Karl returned home to the Bay Area in the 1970s to teach courses on violence, revolution and social movements, segueing to crime and delinquency in the 1980s and then terrorism and police studies in the late 1990s --- mostly in response to changing student interests.

Karl  has earned a living using his voice as a public speaker, even though it was once nasal and snuffly as cleft palate voices often are. Besides narrating documentaries, Schonborn has lectured to and mentored thousands of students in his career as a professor at California State University in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A recipient of many grants and awards, Karl has been a Visiting Scholar at the British Centre for Violence Studies at the University of Manchester in 2000 and 2007 and an interviewer for several cable TV shows in the Bay Area


Peter Steinhart

Peter is a naturalist and a writer. For twelve years he was an editor and columnist at Audubon, and his work has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones and Sierra. He has twice been a finalist for a National Magazine Award, and his essays have been widely anthologized. He has published four books, the most recent of which is The Company of Wolves.

Undressed Art: Why We Draw

The Company of Wolves

Tracks in the Sky: Wildlife and Wetlands of the Pacific Flyway

Two Eagles/Dos Aguilas: The Natural World of the U.S.—Mexico Borderlands

California's Wild Heritage: Threatened and Endangered Animals in the Golden State

Tracks in the Sky: Wildlife and Wetlands of the Pacific Flyaway


Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D.   (aka Carol-Jean Thompson)

is an executive coach and international keynote speaker and seminar leader for corporations, associations and government agencies.

Body language has always played a key role in Carol's professional life. Prior to founding Kinsey Consulting Services, she was a therapist in private practice -- reading nonverbal cues to help her clients make rapid and profound behavioral changes. As a coach, Carol helps leaders build powerful and effective business relationship by using verbal and nonverbal communication that projects confidence, credibility, and empathy.

Carol has an extensive background in organizational "people issues." She's published over 300 articles in the fields of organizational change, leadership, communication, the multi-generational work force, collaboration, employee engagement, and body language in the workplace. An upbeat and entertaining guest, Carol's been featured in media including NPR's Marketplace, CNN's Business Unusual, Investor's Business Daily, Executive Excellence, ABC's "The View From the Bay," Forbes.com, and the NBC Nightly News. She is a Human Resource columnist for Troy Media and an "On Leadership" panelist for The Washington Post.

The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars and What to Do About Them

“The Nonverbal Advantage”

"The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help - or Hurt - How You Lead"


Gary Winkler

“A Geological Guide to Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve AK: A Tectonic Collage of Northbound Territories”


Mike Wright:

“Natural Connections: Perspectives in Community-based Conservation. Edited by David Western and Michael Wright in 1994

Michael’s career was in conservation, primarily in working on projects overseas.  After graduating from Stanford Law School, he went to work for The Nature Conservancy eventually moving to the World Wildlife Fund before becoming CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation.  He left AWF to direct the conservation grants program at the MacArthur Foundation.  He ended his career at a consulting professor at Stanford and finally returning to WWF.  His professional focus was on linking conservation to issues of human poverty, an approach which is described in a book he co-edited, “Natural Connections: Perspectives in Community-based Conservation.”

Comments from Mike: “Considered the definitive book on the topic at the time (admittedly a niche market).  The various articles and book chapters are in the same professional vein.” I spent a period as a consulting professor at Stanford which would have astonished any number of Paly teachers as indicated by Mr. Davis, Paly's student government faculty advisor.  When I told him I was going to Lawrence College he said, "But that's a good school!?!"