OSWEGO, NY – As Yogi Berra famously said, “When you reach a fork in the road, take it.”
“I did. It has been and continues to be, a phenomenal journey,” said former Oswego Mayor John T. Sullivan, author of the newly published book: “Forks in the Road – Small town lives and lessons.”
The book, in which Sullivan shares reminiscences of growing up in the working class Forks in the Road neighborhood in Oswego in the 1950s and ‘60s, is brimming with bright memories of people and places who helped shape his life and career.
It is available online from Amazon.com and from Authorhouse.com.
It’s published by Aurhorhouse, a division of Random House publishing.
It is also available by pre-order from the river’s end bookstore in Oswego, where the author will have a book signing on February 11 at 6 p.m.
It should be in stock the week after Christmas, Sullivan noted.
The book features an introduction by noted Oswego poet and author Lew Turco and contains 28 biographical type sketches and photos of several prominent Oswegonians, both living and deceased, and the author’s memories of interaction with them.
It is available in paperback and hardcover as well and runs 133 pages.
“John Sullivan is a great storyteller, talented writer, a good eulogist and each brief biographical sketch gives the reader not only an understanding of the person and his or her times, but an appreciation of what their lives meant to the overall quality of life in their community. It could be a story about Anywhere, USA,” said Turco.
Sullivan was mayor of Oswego from 1988-91, and also served as co-chairman of the NYS Democratic party from 1995-98.
He had a private law practice in Oswego for almost 30 years and also served as assistant attorney general for Northern New York in Watertown from 2003-07 and as NYS deputy Medicaid inspector general in Albany from 2007-09.
He retired in 2009 and went on to teach at several colleges in the Midwest and returned to Saratoga Springs, NY, in 2013, where he currently lives and practices law part-time.
He is also a columnist for several newspapers, including the Albany Times Union, and the Syracuse Post Standard, and he writes a monthly column for the local paper entitled “Forks in the Road.” The column is also published by Iheartoswego.com
It is from this column that he drew material for the book.
Sullivan has also finished writing his second book, “What Color is your table? – Memoirs of a small town Mayor with big town ideas,” which should be available in the spring.
“Memories, in the end, are all we have, and the sweeter the memory, the more appreciation there is for lives well lived. There are lots of sweet memories and life’s lessons learned in this book, and I hope people enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoyed writing about them,” Sullivan told Oswego County Today.