Sitting Duck by Alan Mayer: Rites of Passage in a Life Well Lived

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In his new accumulation of short stories, Sitting Duck, 92-year-old creator Alan Mayer cheerfully revives the idea that everybody, in the event that he or she has lived sufficiently long, has developed a gathering of recollections that serve as transitional experiences in an existence very much lived. In Mayer\’s capable hands, his stories- – insights at times – describe some of his most important encounters. They are frequently interesting, constantly astute and piercing, intended to engage while instructing a lesson about what\’s truly essential in life.

On the off chance that there was a scholarly likeness the expression \”society craftsmanship,\” it would apply to Sitting Duck. Mayer is not an expert author, and to some degree it appears, yet his charming, individual style makes his stories effortlessly agreeable and relatable. He relates his enterprises in a conversational tone, painstakingly picking his words and never rambling on. He ensures he comes to the heart of the matter, however he additionally leaves in enough detail and feeling to make his stories wake up.

He has striking recollections of occasions that happened decades prior however they don\’t feel like old stories. Mayer has remained an essential, contemporary individual, even into his nineties and he shares his recollections from his twenty-first century point of view. While on occasion he pines for the days when life was more straightforward, he never stops to advise us that life, even in its contemporary many-sided quality, ought to be an enterprise loaded with the unforeseen, giving lessons that can be adapted each day.

\”When I was 9 years of age we lived in a residential area on Long Island. My school was close to the business segment and nearer than our home. I would go to my dad\’s store for lunch instead of strolling a mile to our home. The primary thing I did when I got to the store was to take a tin bucket that held about a quart of fluid and got 10 pennies from my dad with directions to go to the neighborhood bar (cantina), get it loaded with lager and take it back to my father.

Presently would you be able to envision that situation today? A nine year old child purchasing brew? In this day and age my dad would be captured and I would be set in defensive care.\”

One of his prior memories is being harassed by his classmates as a youthful juvenile. His school\’s boxing mentor persuaded him to figure out how to box so he could deal with himself. In spite of the fact that boxing was one of the uttermost things from his psyche, he responded to the call. After some time he turned out to be very talented and self-assured as a youthful boxer. Whenever he experienced his tormenting cohorts, he rapidly gave them a lesson in modesty. Strangely, Mayer went ahead to end up distinctly a semi-genius boxer.

Mayer\’s focal topic in Sitting Duck is that life brings its own course with numerous startling wanders aimlessly. He shares bits of knowledge into individuals who had a major effect in his life- – some for better, some in negative ways. He recounts achievement and disappointment in the business world; the craft of charisma; the significance of trust in business connections; the essentialness of everybody. He thinks back about his numerous new companies, including a business that he made to give employments to formatively debilitated grown-ups. He discusses exceptionally individual minutes, for example, approaching his future father-in-law for his little girl\’s hand. One comical story depicts his venture with biting the dust his silver hair dark – much to his better half\’s extensive alarm.

Mayer opens his heart as he reviews the demise of his significant other, Terry, of 66 years. His first-individual record of conforming to the loss of his perfect partner is extremely individual and touching. Something worth mulling over, one may state.

Another of Sitting Duck\’s charms is that the stories are not in sequential request. Mayer recalls things ridiculously, to mind.

One is left with appreciation that an interesting everyman who has carried on with a full life, at age 92, has the will and capacity to put his recollections into engaging structure. Generally one pass on stories to one\’s family. On account of Alan Mayer, he has given them down to the entire world to appreciate.

Sitting Duck is independently published. Soft cover duplicates can be bought online for $14.95 at

About the Creator

An inhabitant of Good country Stop, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, Alan Mayer was conceived in Brooklyn, NY in 1923. When he was a young man the family moved to Babylon, Long Island, when it was still very country. His family possessed a butcher shop and despite the fact that they never needed for sustenance, he went up against many employments to assist. He chipped away at the angling docks and turned into a semi-expert boxer when he was 13.

Subsequent to graduating secondary school, Mayer served in the US Aviation based armed forces amid World War II. Upon his arrival from the war, he wedded his secondary school sweetheart and was sufficiently blessed, with just a secondary school instruction, to transform occupations into business openings. Amid the initial 30 years of his vocation he claimed 15 organizations. For the following 30 years he was a broker in Chicago. Finding masterful expression has likewise been vital to Mayer. He has been an exceptionally respected stone carver for as far back as a quarter century his works have been in plain view at the Exhibition hall of Cutting edge Craftsmanship in New York. At age 91, Mayer distributed his first book, The Settle, a boxing story that is part actuality, part fiction. Sitting Duck is his second book, and he wants to proceed with his freshly discovered occupation.


EDITOR\’S NOTE: Creator Alan Mayer is accessible for meetings and media appearances. For more data or to orchestrate a meeting, please contact Cindy Kurman at Kurman Correspondences, Inc. by phone at (312) 651-9000 or by email at

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