Volume II - “1983-1984 Surfing the Purple Wave”
I passed my high-school equivalence diploma (G.E.D) in 1977, at 17, in Santa Clara county,
CA. with an average of 91%, scoring 98% in English literature, the highest score on their records at the time. This diploma had been the condition set by my parents for my liberty. I started studying at the San José City College in the fall of ’77 as a Studio Arts major, while working and paying my own rent. I was sure at the time that I would be a painter.
On the 7th September, 1983, when I set my foot in Paris France for the first time, I had no
idea that I would live in France for the next 26 years. Arriving in France had been a major life objective for me throughout my youth, having acquired an “idée fixe”. It was on a grant to study film-making that I finally achieved this goal, after having made 2 short films while attending “Film in the Cities” a cinema school in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. One of the films, “The Purple Wave”, was experimental, and the incredible story it brought about is the basis of my second novel.