Memoirs of a Mad Scientist


Growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s in a small suburb of Chicago, a nerdy kid like Dickie could experiment to his heart’s content. No one batted an eye when he took off for parts unknown after breakfast. Read how he almost burned down his school with a science fair project, turned on neighbors’ lights with high-powered radio gear, violated top-secret security procedures, stuffed monkeys into small race cars, built a one-armed robot that drank too much, and other antics while on his way to earning his “mad scientist” moniker.


Richard has written articles for electronics and automobile publications, including “How to Build Max-Performance HEMI Engines.


”He adopted the phrase that still gets him into hot water: “After all, how hard can it be?”

Graphics by Leah Jay

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Made my inventor-husband laugh so hard he spewed cereal all over the table one morning. Entertaining account of the evolving mind of a very curious kid. Read it and laugh.

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This book reminds us of  "The way it used to be".  Entertaining and unbelievable at the same time.

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I really enjoyed the book and found myself wishing there were more stories to read. The short chapters made it perfect for "throne" reading. Sequel?



This goofy and humorous autobiography tells what it was like for a nerdy kid growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s in suburban Chicago.

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