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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

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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