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John Telford, Author of A Life On The Run and What OLD MEN Know - A Definitive Dictionary and Almanac of Advice, an innovatively different kind of reference book! Written by a seventy-five-year-old activist educator and former world-class athlete, its 300-plus breathtaking pages of savagely hilarious political satire are seasoned and tempered with timeless philosophy. Dr. John Telford Author, Social Commentator and Retired Educator, Detroit Public Schools Dr. Telford is the only retired executive educator in America—black or white, urban or suburban—who dared and cared enough to return to a tough inner-city high school to teach, and he was still doing it in his seventies. He often has been called the Jonathan Kozol of the high school. An amateur boxer who was raised in the tough near-west side of Detroit and incarcerated as a teen, he was expelled from one Motown high school for fighting but rose to become a world-ranked sprinter, meet a Pope, lead suburban school districts, and direct programs working to reform the city’s street gangs and rehabilitate parolees. While he has received many high honors and accolades, he never lost the common touch.