Dr. Ben Fine is a mathematician and professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Fairfield University and is the author of thirteen books (ten in mathematics, one on chess, one a political thriller, and a swashbuckler about pirates) as well over 130 research articles. In addition, he has published several short stories as well as a novella about pirates. His story, August Eighteenth, Nineteen-Sixty-Nine, Big Jake and Johnny C and Me appeared in the Green Silk Journal Fall 2016 issue and was nominated for a Pushcart prize. His memoir told in interwoven stories in Tales from Brighton Beach: A Boy Grow in Brooklyn, details growing up in Brighton Beach, a seaside neighborhood on the southern tip of Brooklyn, during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Brighton Beach was unique and set apart from the rest of New York City, both in character and in time.