Gene Cartwright, a native of Texas, was born in Baytown, a small, Gulf Coast town 20 miles east of Houston. He often says it was his great fortune to be born at the right address— the home of Elmer and Marie Cartwright—his parents. Gene is the eldest son and second of eight children. He insists his love of writing and learning was sparked by his mother, who taught him to read when he was barely four.
Gene was fascinated, captured by the freedom reading afforded. What was more, he read and was inspired to put his own words to paper. He has always enjoyed both technical and literary pursuits. He wrote his first novel at 12. (90 pages longhand.) Also, at age 12, he was working with a local electrician actually wiring new homes and retrofitting older homes. Gene graduated high school and headed immediately to college Prairie View A&M.).
Four years later, and for almost 8 years thereafter, during what he now refers to as another life, Gene was an electrical engineer, designing lighting and power distribution systems. He next founded and owned a very successful consumer electronics company in Houston, Texas.
A few years later, he saddled up and headed west. While he doesn't mind talking about working as an environmental engineer with the Air Quality Management District in California, he doesn¹t reveal much about his debut at the Improv as a guitarist and singer.
Throughout his engineering pursuits and business activities, Gene continued to write and dream of being a published and a fulltime author. In 1996, that dream was realized. Gene has written 5 novels ( three published) and several screenplays. For two years, his book tour for 'I Never Played Catch With My Father,' took him from coast to coast:
He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Oprah, NPR stations and countless tv morning shows, news and sports shows. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Gene was the featured author in Ebony Magazine in the November '97 issue.
A Baseball First:
Gene was the first novelist ever interviewed on KNBR, The San Francisco Giants' flagship radio station. In 1997 he was interviewed for 30 minutes, in evening drive-time, about his novel, I Never Played Catch WIth My Father.
Ms. Cicely Tyson:
Gene is still awed by the call he received, a two years ago, from famed actress, Emmy-Award Winner, Academy Award nominee, NAACP Springarn Winner, Ms. Cicely Tyson. Ms. Tyson had read Gene's 'A Family Gathering,' and was determined to reach out and speak with him. They spoke by phone for two hours, discussing the epic novel, and the role Ms Tyson made clear she was "laying claim" to.
Not long thereafter, Gene had an opportunity to meet Ms. Tyson on the set of a movie she was filming. Their continued friendship is one Gene treasures. He looks forward to the day 'A Family Gathering,' —the movie, is a reality, and the role Ms. Tyson "claimed," is a reality.
Finally, Gene's greatest childhood thrill was his very first little league baseball game. And his pet peeve? Something he labels sacrilegious: the use of the aluminum baseball bats. Follow @genecartwright
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