Robert Hafey currently resides in Homer Glen, Illinois, not far from the city of Joliet, which was the setting for much of Boomhood. Most of his work career was in the field of manufacturing until he started a successful consulting business in 2010. While traveling for business on a flight from Melbourne to Sydney, Australia, a conversation with a woman seated next to him motivated him to write this memoir. Their conversation revealed Hafey had already written a successful technical book related to his consulting work and she had completed a non-fiction manuscript and was returning from a writer’s conference in Melbourne where she had been actively seeking a publisher. This back and forth conversation about writers and writing was inspiring and not forgotten for after completing a second technical book the process of writing this memoir began. For 2-1/2 years, the stories of his childhood were written and re-written. He had the time of his life writing this memoir and he hopes reading it will trigger memories of your childhood.