The Real Shawshank

BILL HOFFMAN is a 72 year old retired CPA, Baltimore City Teacher, Businessman and “lover of life!” His Novel Smart Jewboy, is written about how a Young Man comes of age in the turbulent times from the 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, 2000's into 2018! He has drawn comparison's to the more famous and popular personages in the USA. Which may bring home to the reader the many pitfalls that await anyone trying to pull themselves by their own bootstraps. Bill survived both not getting drafted into the 1960's Viet Nam War by teaching Special Education in the riot torn Baltimore City Schools, and a desperate young marriage of the 1970's into the 1980's with serious financial needs and wants. Which landed himself in 1988-1991, in Federal Prison Club Fed Allenwood of Goodfellas Movie Fame, then being sent to Oklahoma's El Reno FCI- one of the Roughest Prisons in an unplanned fight for freedom from the U.S. Justice system. The reader will personally feel the unsurmountable obstacles that Bill faced to regain his release in 3 years versus 10 years. In the meantime, becoming the Federal Prison Camp Allenwood's Warden's Chief Clerk similar to Movie “The Shaw Shank Redemption.” How an ex-con can resurrect himself after regaining his freedom in 1992 is quite a story to read. As well as all the situations a “Smart Jewboy” faces! The reader can as well relive what it was like to live in the 1960's similar to the movie “Animal House!” Thereafter mature into the 1980's, 1990's, 2000's! There are truly a lot of laughs, drama, and Shakespearean “Tragic Hero” episodes!

by William “Bill” Hoffman, M.Ed.

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