an inner city boy from Coney island originally is born into poverty, domestic violence and addictions such as compulsive gambling, alcoholism, prescription medications. my first incarceration was at ten years old in a place called 'spofford youth house" in the south Bronx. was thrown out of the nyc board of education and hit the streets. alcohol, weed, amphetamines, barbiturates, LSD, sniffing glue, and at age 17 heroin addiction. 6 months into my intravenous drug use I contracted 'syrup hepatitis" now known as HEP-C. by age 19 facing life in prison under the Rockefeller laws of new York state. by age 23 homeless, penniless, running from the law after jumping bail and literally no where to run or go. that was august 28 1977, I was 23 years old. that day there was an intervention, not with people though! my life ended and started on that hot and humid Sunday morning. I'm 63 years old now, a few months from 40 years clean from all drugs including tobacco. I have written three books and a screen play that was entered in some film festivals, I wrote it, produced it, casted it, directed it and loved it, not bad for a second grader!! there is an entire success story here that America needs to hear about. we hear primarily of the epidemic proportions of young men and women dying, we don't hear or see many heroin recovery stories, at least not with such longevity! I'm ready to move on this project, so someone get back to me!