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Retired St. Thomas professor Scott Wright presents the first two volumes of his fictionalized memoir

Of Snapping Turtles and Packing Plants- George Peterson: the Early Years:  George Peterson (Scott Wright) grows up in South St. Paul in the 1940’s and early 1950’s. His struggles with his father, recently returned from WWII, leads him to a more generalized rebellion against his father, schools, piano teachers and the prevailing social norms of the era. At the same time, George’s mother and grandfather provide critical counterbalances to this pattern of rebellion. Combining fiction and memoir, humor and cultural observation, the book provides an engaging portrait of its time and place.

Carrying the Mummy: George Peterson- the Museum Years and Coming of Age on St. Paul’s East Side 1954-1960:  After his family’s move to St. Paul’s East Side in 1954, George Peterson’s interest in science lands him a part-time job at the St. Paul Science Museum. His years at the museum, and especially his interactions with the broad spectrum of people he meets there, serve as a crucial part of his adolescent development. The “historical notes” that appear throughout the book will bring back memories for many readers and provide new insights into St. Paul’s history for others.

Scott Wright spent the first 12 years of his life in South St. Paul. After moving to Saint Paul in 1954, he attended Johnson High School and later the University of Minnesota, receiving a PH.D in American Studies in 1973. He began working at St. Thomas in 1968, first as a librarian (1968-1979) and then as a member of the history faculty until his retirement in 2010. He and his wife Betty have four children and ten grandchildren and live in Saint Paul.

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