FAndrew was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived there until he was in 6th grade. Then his family moved to Illinois. He loved to read growing up but didn't think much about writing until his senior year in high school. During his senior year one of his teachers handed back a poem he had written. There were 2 amazing things about that paper. First, he had gotten an A which was a rare event in this teacher's class. She had also written in large, scrawly red writing, "Andrew - this poem is so funny! It should be published!"
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