About John Frederick
John Frederick was born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania, living in a quiet corner of town with his working-class parents and three siblings.
After his newspaper and yearbook experience in high school, Frederick was eager to pursue Journalism at Penn State University. But a growing love of nature and his interests in environmentalism pushed him to change his major to Geography. After graduation, he spent thirteen years teaching Earth and Environmental Science at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School and ten years coaching their girls' basketball team. He enjoyed his time both on the court and in the classroom!
After his basketball team won a second state championship, John wandered into environmental program management, working for his local recycling program and Pennsylvania's recycling professional organization. Ultimately, the organization produced a magazine and he wrote extensively for the publication and several other environmental journals. Disappointed that more environmental discussion was not taking part in his local newspaper, The Altoona Mirror, Frederick suggested a periodic column on environmental issues. The column would later be called Earth Matters. The reborn writer embarked upon his book writing experience about this same time, penning what would become Winding Roads.
Whether via writing or in-person, John loves telling stories and it is because of this tendency that his efforts on a book about his cycling adventures (and misadventures) began a decade ago. Though Frederick keeps writing, he's certain he'll run out of time before he runs out of stories. He still lives near Altoona with his wife Kathy. His two sons, Jared and Mark, are both honor graduates of Penn State.
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