Sometime in the late '90s, I was working on three different
manuscripts. The first was the account of my life which I
would later choose to entitle Just Larry. I have change this to
a degree to that of a number of short stories involving
segments of my life.
The second manuscript was the story I would call Cool
Breeze. Chuck Bressler the story of a young man abandoned
by his mother and her live-in boyfriend. The story of
Bresslers travels from his childhood into manhood.
The third entitled The Heritage. This story tells of a Chicano
political leader who saw the loss of his inheritance to a
ruthless white nation tyrant. An individual who oversaw a
community that yielded big ranches. Later vast riches of coal,
which lead to the creation of a small village into a thriving
town in a southwestern region.
I completed a third of one story, was better than halfway with
another and almost finished with the third when my computer
crashed. Previously I had taken the precaution of backing up
all three stories on an external Zip Drive. However, after
repairing my laptop and later purchasing a new computer, I
was unable to recover the files from the Zip Drive, which
today is stored in some box. The cost to recover the data is
prohibitive so I must now either forget these three stories or
attempt to rewrite them. This is a task I am struggling with
given the passage of many years.
As I recover my work, some stored on other backup venues I
am uploading to the Just Larry web site, read and hopefully