Janette Wilson Born in Roswell,NM. My mom got tired of living in a one-bedroom house while raising five children and washing clothes, including my younger sister's diapers, on a washboard & so went out one day and secured not only a job that very same day but also a loan to buy property on which to build a house. Life with mom was never the same after that for my dad. My oldest brother, twelve years older than I, was a SF fan so I began reading SF early -- an early stimulus to my interest in things psychological and anthropological. After traveling down side roads -- well, I'm still doing that -- such as dealing with my feelings about my dad's illnesses (He was declared legally insane -- sort of a culmination of events of malaria, typhoid fever, brain concussions) and his sexism (He tried to pull me out of the 8th grade, as that was "sufficient" education for a girl.), being the moon in two marriages, etc. -I eventually finished my BA in psychology and MA in anthropology. I dedicated my thesis to my (youngest, older) brother, a local artist and muralist, in El Paso, Tx. He died in December 1991 at the age of 46 from a massive heart attack. My thesis was an ethnography of muralism in El Segundo Barrio, a community in South El Paso. Right now, I'm working (working?) on a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction. Mostly, I'm scrounging up p-t jobs to pay bills. I dunno, sometimes I think I'm the quintessential late-bloomer: I'll bloom after I'm buried. I just hope I'm not senile by the time I finish the Ph.D. But, thanks to a lot of good friends, I'm muddling on. Interests obviously include SF; a friend and I founded a science fiction club in El Paso. The club has gone on to greater glory -- all I've done is maintain my membership, & my friend dropped out of the club. I also hosted a SF program on the El Paso Lighthouse for the Blind's Radio Reading Program but gave that up (temporarily) when I went back to college full time. If I can land a full time job again in El Paso, I hope to revive the SF program. Other interests include ceramics and making bassoon reeds -- which have also been on hold.
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