He was born in a small town, and he lives in a small town.

His first published story was “Dinosaur Island” (Sts. Peter & Paul Press, 1983)

Believes that he lived a past life in the 1800s, most likely as a railroad worker.

Loves dinosaurs, trains, cryptozoology, and the Civil War (not necessarily in that order).

Secretly fantasizes about being called up on stage to fill in for Emily Saliers when she is suddenly unable to perform for some reason.

His first book, Cageball, Poker, and the Atomic Wedgie (2003) received raved reviews from some of his family members and a couple other people he knows. Recently he revised it, and you can now download the free PDF ebook.

In his prime, he was uncoverable in pick-up football. (Can still hold his own.)

Used to have two separate and distinct voices before discovering that he was a freak.

He can whistle and hum at the same time.

His blood type is coffee.

He also likes writing about local history and has written a history of his church called The History of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, and a narrative history of his father’s hometown, called Bridgewater: A Narrative History of a Pennsylvania River Town. He’s even written a history on a local train bridge (yes, a train bridge), which you can pick up at the Beaver Area Heritage Foundation museum, if you’re interested. (We didn’t think so.)

He is incapable of burping.

Favorite book:                      A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson)
Favorite TV show:                (classic) “The Andy Griffith Show”; (modern) “Finding Bigfoot”
Favorite song:                       “Rain King” (Counting Crows)
Favorite  movie:                   “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)

He does a killer Elmo and a decent Grover/Yoda.

Is a past president of Tequila Club (1996-97).

If given enough red wine, he can do all five voices of the Temptations.

Once touched Michael Jordan on the shoulder and said, “Hey, Mike.” (True story.)

He also does marketing writing, ghostwriting, editing and commercial copywriting. (View Valentine’s LinkedIn profile.)

Valentine would love to hear from you. Please email him at, or snail mail him at:
P.O. Box 84, Beaver, PA 15009


8 responses to “about

  1. gwen

    April 22, 2010 at 4:16 am


    Brian told me of you. sorry I didn’t get to meet you. (I was ill and skipped the program I’d organized) flattered you came to Hudson to see Tony. He’s a great guy-that’s why I bugged him to come to Hudson and see the Brown collection we have here. hope you enjoyed his program and the library.

  2. Jocelyn Hoppa

    May 27, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Hey Val!

    Good to hear from you… thanks for the props on my food blog. It’s just a fun thing since I tend to forget all the wonderful stuff I cook pretty much right after it’s eaten. Looks like you are really cranking out the writing… congrats on all the success. I, for one, would be very interested in reading the one about the local train bridge. I have my very own anecdote about it.

  3. Richard F. Williams

    January 16, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Hello, Valentine. I confused you with your father when I emailed some friends, referencing your website. But, I am sure that some of them will be visiting your website as a result. I have been visiting it for occasional visits, and enjoying it. An error in identity has led to a “plug” for your work. Keep it up!

    Rick Williams
    Beaver, PA

  4. Goldie Albert

    February 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Hi Val. I’m new to your blog and although my days of toddler escapades are a decade past, I enjoy your writing. It helps that I am also a small town history buff and currently reside in Bridgewater (across from your dad’s old elementary school). I dabble in photography and my small community is one of my favorite subjects. The new park is a hotspot where I’m often found snapping shots. Are there copies of your Bridgewater book available locally? Thanks.
    Goldie Albert

  5. Kim

    April 6, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Val,

    I was on your most recent History Walk Through Beaver with VO. It was a good time. . . as was reading through your blog. Very amusing. . .LOL!


    • brkichvj

      April 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you, Kim! I hope I gave you a chuckle or two. ; )

  6. David Jakubek

    October 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

    We met @ The Inn at The Ragged Edge…shared a glass of wine by those yellow Adirondack chairs…Apothic red if you don’t remember…Dave and Teresa…FYI…I’m sitting in my hunting camp on a rainy morning…’s Dave…and I’m lucky enough to be with my dad…I’m reading “Bridgewater” and unknown to me my father picked it up last night and read several pages…that spurred several interesting comments on small town life…I’m enjoying the book and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the copy and hope that our paths may cross again in the future…btw…nice name drop w/ Michael Jordan…Thanks Again for the copy !

    • Valentine Brkich

      October 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Hey Dave! How could I forget the Apothic Red! ; )
      So glad you’re enjoying the book. It’s such a specific subject…you never know if people will have any interest in it outside of the town. Glad that it’s kindling some good old-fashioned conversation! Yes, I hope we can meet up again someday. Maybe I’ll introduce you to Mike, as I call him. ; )


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