Had a good time talking to writer Jonathan L’Ecuyer, who put together a good piece about me for this week’s Haverhill Gazette:
While growing up in Greater Haverhill and attending Central Catholic High School, Michael Erard spent much of his time hanging out with friends and going out with girlfriends in Haverhill; he made a living flipping burgers at the Route 125 McDonald’s. However, it was Erard’s first job in the Haverhill area that would have an impact on his life forever.
The 39 year-old resident of Austin, Texas left the Haverhill area to attend college. After earning a doctorate from the University of Texas, Erard quickly went on to launch an accomplished journalism career as a regular contributor to publications such as the New York Times, The New Republic and Rolling Stone magazine, to name a few. In August, Pantheon, a division of Random House, will publish Erard’s first book: “Um … Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean.”
The book is just the latest accomplishment for Erard and currently the exclamation point on a career that started at The Haverhill Gazette when the trained linguist was just 14 years old. Over 25 years later, Erard remembers walking into the Gazette’s West Lowell Avenue building for the first time:
The rest (including a Q&A) is here.
For what it’s worth, I never claim to be a “regular contributor” to anybody. But I’ll use the old freelancer’s rule that if you do one thing for them, you get to attach their name to yours.