Brooklyn, NY – On April 9 2015, Christopher Paul Meyer launched a Kickstarter campaign for I Was a Champion Then, a collection of twelve unpublished literary nonfiction and short stories written by his father, Alfred A. Meyer, from 1964 to 1987. These timeless stories touch on issues such as race and class, childhood and cruelty, art and baseball.
“The stories are unpredictable explorations of times, places and people you probably haven’t read about much lately, if ever. Women from the 1960s with names like Hortense and Merriam,” the creator explains, “Places from the 1940s like Sportsman’s Park and orange-painted gas stations with ‘Billion Bubble Beverage’ Vess Cream signs. Times like the 1950s, when Jim Crow loomed over every interracial meeting.”
Alfred A. Meyer was always a writer at heart. His mother worked in publishing, and with the Great Depression still on her mind, she warned him against trying to make it as an author. Alfred took her advice and later became a lawyer but writing was still a part of his life. When his admiralty firm disbanded after some very difficult times Meyer decided to focus on writing again.
In 1964, Meyer was accepted into Story Magazine co-founder Martha Foley’s famed short fiction class at Columbia University. During this time he wrote a collection of short stories, including Chili, which over time turned into a novel that he threw himself into completely. When he passed away in 2012 Alfred A. Meyer had over 30,000 pages of unpublished writing. Now his son has turned to Kickstarter to help bring some of these great lost stories to life.
“Look, I’m not the only son who’s seen his dad struggle to achieve his dreams. We all can related to seeing loved ones with unrequited talent whose life work was left undone,” shares Meyer, “But, at the end of the day, my dad wasn’t big on self-pity and neither am I – all we care about is giving readers one heck of ride in black and white.”
In exchange for pledging to the project, backers can gain access to a variety of rewards including a bookmark featuring the front cover of I Was a Champion Then, a magnet calendar, posters (some signed with a personalized message), signed copies of the book, and more. One backer even has the chance to receive Alfred Meyer’s original 1964 notebook containing the original drafts from six stories in I Was a Champion Then!
For more information, please visit the Kickstarter page here or contact the creator below.
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Company Name: I Was A Champion Then
Country: United States