George Adam Herman, Jr., was born April 12, 1928, in Norfolk, Virginia, thereafter
referred to as “a day that will live in infancy.” He attended parochial school in
Maryland where he won 7 holy cards and set a national record for having his hands
slapped by nuns wielding six-foot rulers. He attended Mount St. Joseph High School
in Irvington, Maryland, winning gold medals in Elocution (1943) and Oratory (1944
or as it is commonly known: “The Art of Eloquent Lying.” He also took first prize
in the news-writing division at the Temple University Press Tournament (1946 over
school correspondents from four states by sticking to the now-outmoded policy of
putting “what, where, when ,why and how” in the lead paragraph. He served as school
correspondent for the catholic Review diocesan paper (1946), was editor of the Inkpot
literary magazine (1945-1946); and feature editor of The Quill newspaper, (1945-1946).
In 1947 he looked up from his writing desk and discovered girls which, as Robert
Frost might say, “made all the difference.”
George graduated with a Bachelor of Philosophy Degree in January, 1950, from Loyola
College in Baltimore, Maryland, prodding his father to inquire, “You can make a living
at this?” (He couldn’t) At Loyola he served as president of the Mask and Rapier
Society (1949 and secretary of his senior class (1950). (Please spare us any amusing
variations on “Mask and Rapier.”)
In the summers of 1947 through 1949, he attended the Boston College School of Expressional
Arts in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, under the Rector’s Scholarship in playwrighting,
which means he sometimes was permitted to eat with the football team.
George served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952 during which he wrote ordnance
training films “so bad they are still used today.” He graduated from Catholic University
of America in Washington, D.C. With a Master of Fine Arts Degree in June, 1954. He
has fathered nine children and parented three additional. To date he has seven grandchildren
and counting. George presently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he shares firs,
pines, cedars, cypresses, maples and one magnolia tree with a battalion of squirrels,
raccoons and an occasional coyote with whom he enjoys duets on moonlit nights.
In April 1994 he was profiled by the Oregonian newspaper as “a moralist who likes
a good joke.” In another profile in Honolulu Magazine, he was described as “a Harlequin
who believes in the race itself, rather than how he finishes.” Several unprintable
opinions of Mr. Herman have also been printed in the yellow press.