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10 Intriguing People: Best-Selling Author Entertains One Child At A Time

Meet 10 intriguing people in Kane County who lead very interesting lives

This best-selling author has published more than a dozen books, authors a blog and has been recognized numerous times as a gifted writer. Not to mention, he also saves his crayon shavings — because they’re so expensive — for a future use some day (Photo provided)

Name: Tom Lichtenheld     Age: 59Tie to Kane County: Resides in GenevaWhat makes him intriguing: This best-selling author has published more than a dozen books, authors a blog and has been recognized numerous times as a gifted writer. Not to mention, he also saves his crayon shavings — because they’re so expensive — for a future use some day Words To Live By: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde

One of Tom Lichtenheld’s earliest memories as a child is drawing a ship on the blackboard hanging in his family’s kitchen in Rockford.

While he may have needed some phone books in order to see over the countertop back then, Lichentenheld had the determination to be someone bigger one day.

Nearly 40 years later, Lichtenheld still carries an imagination that has kept any of life’s monotonous happenings from wearing him down.

Still, it wasn’t until his nephew wrote him a letter asking for some pirate doodles that the current author/illustrator decided to see if the public would also appreciate his work. Before long, one doodle-filled pirate page turned into 20 that eventually led to the creation of Lichtenheld’s first children’s book, “Everything I Know About Pirates,” published in 2000.

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