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by Dr. Robert Parrish

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Dr. Parrish is a retired university vice president who lives in Pensacola with his wife, the former Sherry Robeson. Sherry, who also paints, is the copy editor for all of Bobís books.

He was born in Bellaire, Ohio, about 45 miles southwest of Pittsburgh,  PA. A graduate of Ohio University and Florida Atlantic University, he served as the Vice President and Treasurer of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, as Assistant Vice President of Florida Atlantic University, and as Director of Accounting of the state of West Virginia. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Dr. Parrish was always interested in history and art. He has been painting for decades and has participated in many art shows. In addition to Florida sales, he has pieces in Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  

Bob's first two novels, "The Diaries of Alessandro da Veneto, I and II," were set in Medieval Europe, and began in Venice in the year 1203 when his main character left an art apprenticeship to join the Fourth Crusade. Sometimes a soldier and sometimes an artist, Alessandro's journals provide glimpses into the politics, dangers, arts, and romances of darker times.  He becomes a time-traveler to witness man's great accomplishments and his inhumanity. 

His third novel, "The Last Sailmaker," is a story of shipwreck and survival in the South Seas near the end of the nineteenth century. When a three-masted barkentine is lost in a typhoon, only the crusty Sailmaker and young cabin boy survive to face hostile natives and worse, years of total isolation from the civilized world.

His fourth novel, "The Diaries of Alessandro da Veneto (The Third Diary)," has been completed and will be published in the near future. It opens with Alessandro at Agincourt with the French against Henry V and his longbows. during the Great Depression, was published in December.

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "King Richard III in the Roaring Twenties," Shakespeare's plays shortened to two acts and somewhat Americanized, have just been released.