Come join Montecito resident, Seymour Lehrer as he signs his new book. This book “Poems and Stories from the Lucky Life of Seymour Lehrer” has taken up five precious years of time.
When: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: Chaucer's Books, 3321 State St., Santa Barbara
Age limit: All ages
Categories: Lectures & Workshops: Book Signings
Friday, October 25th at 7pm
Come join Montecito resident, Seymour Lehrer as he signs his new book.
This book “Poems and Stories from the Lucky Life of Seymour Lehrer” has taken up five precious years of time. and is why I have no free time. I find poetry to be an interesting and challenging subject. At times I get a spark, work on it off and on for months and years and finally get it right, or sometimes give it. up. These are my best Poems. The balance of the book are stories that I like, several are nonfiction.
Now some would say, “Seymour what in hell is so lucky about your life” Well I’ll tell ya, #1 I was lucky that I had people that taught me by example what not to do, kind of weird but better than nothing. I had a few positive examples of what to do. I met my Shirley, that was lucky, her family taught me what it means to be a good husband and father and what it takes to be a business owner. #2 I was lucky that we had two good kids that most of the time were not giving us gut aches’, they married good guys that we love, even though they all moved here. #3 That my business that was going broke decided it wasn’t. As a matter of fact it learned how to be a success. #4 That by and large we haven’t had much in the way of health problems, except for an occasional hiccup. And #5, that we moved and love it in Santa Barbara: a paradise. If that ain’t enough good luck, you tell me.
I, Seymour Lehrer, was born on Sept. 4th 1927 and raised in Boyle Heights, a few miles east of downtown LA. I graduated from high school, and that ended my formal education. I got a big life changing break, It was a job sweeping the floor of a machine shop for .35 cents an hour when I was 14 in 1942. I was in Junior high and I worked most days after school and on most weekends. My bosses began to teach me to be a machinist. I loved the work and worked all the way though the war. After the War I got a machinist job in a tool and die shop and started to do tool and die work which I again loved.
Shirley and I were married in June of 1949. Karen and Ellen our kids shortly arrived.
In 1953 I and a partner jumped off the deep end and went in the tool and die making business with a total capital of 400 dollars. (yes that’s crazy, but what happened) This meant years of hard times, enough to test anyone’s will. 50 years of manufacturing metal goods and industrial machinery brought us to the point where we could move from hectic LA to beautiful, quiet Montecito in1991, the best move we’ve ever made.
Since then I have been busy, being busy operating an industrial property business, volunteering at nonprofit organizations, writing, and also making metal Sculptures as shown here in this my second, and probably last book. This year 2013 with a lot of luck I may be 86 and married 64 years, that is if my Shirley does not divorce me as she has threatened for the last 40 years.
Event posted Sept. 18, 2013
Last updated Sept. 18, 2013