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auDr. Tony Bethel attended Noyes Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois, from kindergarten to second grade (1967–69). He then moved to the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, where he attended St. Brendan’s Catholic School and, upon graduation, attended Quigley Prep Seminary South. After graduation, Tony attended the University of Illinois Champaign–Urbana. In 1983, he graduated with a BS in psychology. The dynamic between black and white in this country, as well as the six inhabited continents he has visited, has always fascinated him. He thought of the things we say (or don’t say) to one another, as well as the interactions in families of “mixed” heritage. Months after graduating from the U of I, Tony joined the US Navy, serving as a submariner and, later on, officer onboard a destroyer during the US involvement in the first Persian Gulf War. After nine and a half years in the navy, he became a nationally certified licensed nutritional counselor, a caregiver for the developmentally disabled, and a doctor of naprapathic medicine (Naprapath). His focus now is on manual therapy and care of the developmentally disabled. In addition to this book, he has written three books of poetry—one with his son Brian, Father and Son: a Connection through Poetry. Tony definitely believes that words and dialogue are a more efficient vehicle for change than bullets and weapons. He remains hopeful for the sake of his grandson and future generations.

Brian Bethel attended the prestigious FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in Los Angeles, California. Brian graduated from Kentlake High School, Kent, Washington.