Waukesha High School
Class of 1955
Our High School is now the
"Les Paul Middle School".
Isaac Asimov: c. January 2, 1920 - April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor
of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction
and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer, and wrote or edited more than
500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published
in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.
Asimov wrote hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C.
Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his
lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major
series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series. The Galactic Empire
novels are explicitly set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the
Foundation series. Later, beginning with Foundation's Edge, he linked this distant
future to the Robot and Spacer stories, creating a unified "future history" for his
stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by
Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He wrote hundreds of short stories, including
the social science fiction "Nightfall", which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction
Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time. Asimov wrote
the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul
Asimov was born between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920 in Petrovichi near
Klimovichi, then Gomel Governorate in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist
Republic (now Smolensk Oblast, Russia) to Anna Rachel (née Berman) and Judah Asimov,
a family of Jewish millers. His exact date of birth within that range is unknown,
but Asimov himself celebrated it on January 2.
Asimov completed his MA in chemistry in 1941 and earned a PhD in biochemistry in 1948.
After completing his doctorate, Asimov joined the faculty of the Boston University
School of Medicine, with which he remained associated thereafter. From 1958, this
was in a nonteaching capacity, as he turned to writing full-time (his writing income
had already exceeded his academic salary). Being tenured, he retained the title of
associate professor, and in 1979, the university honored his writing by promoting
him to full professor of biochemistry.
Asimov suffered a heart attack in 1977, and had triple bypass surgery in December
1983. When he died in New York City on April 6, 1992, his brother Stanley reported
heart and kidney failure as the cause of death.
Spring is here...YAAAA Depends on where you live, of course, hopefully the bad
stuff is behind us.
I have sent out the notice about the 2018 Reunion. Really hope you can come, Send me
your okay and put it on your calendar.
If you have an interesting Problem, send it to me.
Check the birthdays. If you aren't there and should be, tell me.
" April Fools' Day
" National One Cent Day
" National Sourdough Bread Day
" Easter - Changes Annually
Send info to George