Will Will and Me

Will Will and Me

Author: John Hyland
Pages: 82
Genre: Fiction
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Will Will and Me contains eight fictional stories about the amusing actions of grade-school boys in the 1950s and ‘60s. The first story tells how Will Will, the main character, gets his peculiar name. The next three describe Will Will’s mischief, which gets him and his pal, Johnny, into ridiculous predicaments. Story two, for example, shows Will Will using a butterfly net to snag a farmer’s pet goose. In the sixth story, Will Will convinces a lady who dislikes him that he’s not a “scamp.” He himself is a victim of mischief in the last story, when he and Johnny get “bamboozled” into buying an awful rabbit-raising business.
John Hyland was born in 1942 in Belvidere, Illinois. The son of hard-working parents, he grew up enjoying energetic outdoor activities. After doing ridiculous things as a teenager, he worked hard to become an outstanding professional. A desire to teach English motivated him to earn a BA from
Wartburg College (1964), an MA from the University of Nebraska (1966), and
a PHD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1979).
Before finishing his college work, he served in the United States Army from
1966 to 1968. He was trained as an infantryman and expected to fi ght
in Vietnam. However, offi cers at Fort Gordon, Georgia, assigned him to a
personnel specialist's position.
John began conducting English classes as soon as he received his honorable
discharge from the Army. From 1968 until 1970, he taught composition and
literature at Sauk Valley College near Dixon, Illinois. Then he delayed his teaching career to enroll in the
PhD program in 1970. He spent most of his time producing a long dissertation about the novels of James
Fenimore Cooper. To ease that monotony, he also taught two writing classes at the Richland Center branch of
the University of Wisconsin.
After John earned his doctoral degree, he taught English as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-
River Falls from 1980 to 1985. Remedial and standard composition classes were his specialty, along with
world literature. Unfortunately, he lost his teaching position when the university discharged approximately
forty non-tenured instructors because of a severe decrease in student enrollment.
Instead of leaving the university, John took a writing position in its news bureau. He specialized in feature
articles that appeared in the River Falls Journal and several other news papers, including the St. Paul Pioneer
Press. By 1988 he was working as a free-lance developer of writing workshops for Minnesota companies
that included Red Wing Shoes, Citizens Security Insurance in Red Wing, and Advanced Flex of Minnetonka.
As a special text for those programs, he published “Business Letters: A No-Nonsense Guide to Writing and
Revising Them” (1992).
John held a ten-year writing and training job at Treasure Island Resort and Casino (1994-2004). Employed in
the human resources department, he produced technical manuals for several departments and a casino-wide
handbook titled “Writing for Good Results.” Alcohol-service instruction was his main training duty, but he also
specialized in teaching new-employee orientation, kitchen sanitation, and healthful work procedures.
John retired in 2004. Since then he has enjoyed a leisure life in River Falls with Joan, his wife for 47 years.
To stay healthy, he does yard and garden work, runs three or four miles a day three times a week, and bikes
along county roads. He and Joan have two children, one living in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and the other
in Madison, Wisconsin.
John's most pleasant past time is producing comic fi ction. In 2015 he self-published “Ginger and Alice: A
Story of two Mischievous Gerbils.” The book describes the pesky rodents playing so many annoying tricks that
heir owners make them wear vests and chains until they learn to behave.


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