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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or snail mail him at:
P.O. Box 84, Beaver, PA 15009