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askmar publishing, Jun 8, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography

 Set in Sandusky, Ohio, in the years before and during World War II, Handstand regales readers with John H. Steinemann’s wonderful, witty, and wise view of life.

Learn how to steal your brother’s girlfriend ....

“Yes,” she agreed. “It was mostly your fault that we ever got romantic, and I do blame you for that.”

He heard her reprimand, and he knew she was right. Then, after a short silence, she smiled wickedly up at him and whispered, “But now, you can be sure that I’m the one to blame if you kiss me again — honey.”

and how to make your brother accept it!

“What the hell do you think you’re doing, sneaking around with Babs?” he demanded.

Jim was justifiably intimidated and sought to mollify George. “I didn’t set out to get your girl — it just turned out that way.” Stalling for time, he added hopefully, “It isn’t as if she wasn’t dating anybody else but you.”

“I can’t believe my own brother would pull that stuff on me,” George persisted. 

“You’re right,” Jim said honestly. “It was a devious thing to do, and for that I’m sorry.”

“You should be,” George expostulated.

“As bad as it is,” Jim tacked evasively, “you must admit that if anybody else is dating her, it’s probably better that at least it’s your brother rather than some guy you don’t know.”

Surprisingly enough, George seemed to consider this a telling argument. “I don’t know how a total stranger could be any worse than a snake like you,” he said, but his tone was almost jesting.

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About the author (2010)

 John H. Steinemann was born on October 19, 1920, in Sandusky, Ohio, home of the youthful escapades in this book. He went to Saints Peter and Paul Parochial School and Sandusky High School, then on to college at Ohio State University, John Carroll University, and Ohio University.

Attracted by the California sunshine, he attended the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree (1949) and Master’s degree in Education (1951). Continuing with doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Education (June 1957), and the call-shot championship at the local pool hall. After graduation, he worked as a program director at the Naval Personnel Research and Development Center in San Diego, California, until 1984, where he developed, evaluated, and improved training methods, and swam in the ocean nearly every day. 

It was there that he met his future wife, Patricia Jane Crandall, who rescued his sinking boat, and him. As he sentimentally says, “She was the first woman whom I ever told, ‘I love you.’” John and Patricia were married on November 26, 1960. They had five children — Anne, Susan, Laura, Debra, John — and a great sense of humor. John continues to keep busy with playing piano, playing bridge, and playing with his grandchildren.

An autobiographical novel, Handstand regales readers with John H. Steinemann’s wonderful, witty, and wise view of life through adventures of the book’s protagonist, Jim Stratton.

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