About the author
Marc enjoys playing tennis, basketball, and going for long walks with his two dogs: Elvis and Sweet Pea. Raised in a musical environment, songs of all types continually flow throughout the Corwin household. He and his wife, Judy, have been happily married for thirty-seven years and enjoy traveling in their retirement years. Marc has requested all feedback regarding the Optical Lasso be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a young man, Marc’s father grew up in the Chicago theater business working with the Mirisch brothers. He fell in love, relocated to Indianapolis, IN to marry, and developed a successful chain of music stores. Walter, Marvin, and Harold Mirisch sought fame and fortune out west in Hollywood and struck it rich making movies the likes of The Pink Panther, In The Heat Of The Night, West Side Story, The Magnificent Seven, Some Like It Hot, and The Great Race, just to name a few! A Chevy Chase style vacation to visit his buddies in California further helped define Marc’s childhood. Posing with Tony Curtis for pictures on the set of The Great Race and seeing the sights of Los Angeles with Walter Mirisch in his Rolls Royce solidified Marc’s imagination and love of the movies at an early age.
Working in the family music stores while growing up, he played the trumpet and was rewarded with a rare disc jockey Decca demo record of The Beatles singing My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, the fab four’s first commercial recording made in Germany when Peter Best was still the band’s drummer. The record shop was conveniently located next to the local drug store where Marc spent most of his money on the ever-popular Marvel and DC comic books.
Watching the Pebble Beach golf tournament on television while suffering through winter after winter in the Midwest, motivated Marc to pack up his belongs upon graduating from Indiana University, and driving out west to sunny, San Diego. There, he began his new life working for a public accounting firm, where he met his future wife, Judy, a green-eyed blonde college gymnast, born in Indiana, whose parents relocated to California only ten days after her birth. What more could a transplanted Hoosier ask for than a woman with a sense of humor who loves all things basketball?
During Marc’s fifteenth year as a small business owner which followed twenty years as a Chief Financial Officer, disaster struck when he and his wife hydroplaned off the freeway at 70 mph while driving to Las Vegas during a rain storm. Their sedan flew off a twenty-five-foot ridge and plowed into the desert terrain, flipping end over end multiple times. Miraculously, they both survived with no broken bones (see attached picture).
The Corwin’s also love to travel. Winners of a nationwide contest, the grand prize was a National Geographic vacation to the Galapagos Islands and Machupicu, Peru. Prague, Czechoslovakia is their favorite city. During a recent cruise from London to Boston where they have family, a guest speaker suggested everyone should write a diary to document who they are for younger generations they may never meet. After cheating death in the desert, Marc was motivated by this talk to retire and twist the diary concept slightly by writing a science fiction book which illustrated his creative mind.
The story actually originated from a demented email he forwarded to his relatives back in New England, informing them he and his wife had arrived home from their cruise tortured and battered, but alive. His family loved the twisted descriptive thoughts that had laid dormant within him since childhood.
In summary, The Optical Lasso is a tale of redemption... how an event 35,000 years in the making, transforms a dying young boy into one of mankind’s greatest leaders at a time of great need.
Half the royalties earned from the sale of The Optical Lasso will be donated to the Grace Science Foundation to aid in the development of cost-effective cures for the over 7000 known rare diseases currently afflicting an estimated 350 million people worldwide.