Al Melone

Profile Updated: November 2, 2014
Residing In: Shiloh, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Peggy
Telephone and/or email address: View Website
Past and current occupations: Emeritus Professor (Political Science)
Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren: Dominic, born 1972
Ann, born 1974
Peter, born 1977; grandchildren: Megan(born 2005), Wenonah(born More…2008), Hayden(born 2008).
What physical maladies do you have (so we can compare ailments)?

I have many including bad back, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and more but i am still erect and going strong.

Favorite foods?

I still love Italian food but i have to be very careful and unfortunately I can't drink as much as I would like.

Have you met any famous or interesting people?

many famous people, mostly political but also in the arts and academic life.

Hobbies/what do you do in your spare time?

still play golf, garden, read, movies, and so on. I am on a few boards such as social service boards. Presently writing a novel-- for the last 7 or 8 years. Last year had the fourth volume of one of my textbooks published.

Claims to fame! - been in movies, on tv, newspapers, any inventions, awards?

teaching awards, and other such things related to academic life. I have written a number of books and many articles and related matters but I am not terribly famous or should be-- I am "a modest man for ample reason."

What are your military experiences?


What circumstances made you live where you do?

I retired in Carbondale, Illinois where we had a large home and many conveniences. We moved in 2011 to Shiloh, Illinois about 15 miles directly east of St. Louis, Mo. We built a new home in a new development that is relatively near our youngest son and his family so that we could visit regularly with our two grandchildren. Our third grandchild lives in Seattle and our residence is closer to the airport so that we can visit there and elsewhere in the world. After I retired from Southern Illinois University in 2005, I was a visiting professor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs on two separate occasions. I admit I would rather live close to the ocean in California, but we can afford to live here with little difficulty.

Where have your travels taken you over the years?

I have traveled in Europe and became interested in the transition to democracy in Bulgaria. I wrote a book on the subject published in 1998. Also spent five weeks in China where I lectured and traveled widely.

Ever broken any bones and how did it happen? Or broken someone else’s bones?

Broke an arm when I was about 7 years old. i was walking down the street and tripped on my shoe laces and hit the sidewalk. Also broke a wrist while playing basketball in the gym at Covina High School.

Where were you when President Kennedy was assassinated?

I was a junior in College at LA State College. I learned about it in between classes. It was a great blow to the country and the world.

Ever been to a pro football game? Which one?

Yes, i saw the LA Rams in LA sometime in the early 1960s.

Have you attended a past high school reunion? Which one/s?

Yes, the 40th reunion

When and why did you move to Covina? What grade did you start school in Covina? Please share your memories.

Moved from LA to Covina in the middle of the 7th grade.

Can you drive a standard shift car?


Have you been on a cruise? Have you seen Ole Faithful Geyser? Have you been to the top of the Seattle Space Needle? Have you ridden on a San Francisco Trolley? Have you been to the top of the Empire State Building? Been to Tijuana, Mexico? Been to Niagara Falls?

Yes, to most of the above.

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Posted on: Feb 20, 2018 at 9:03 AM

Hi Norm-- have a happy birthday! Best wishes, al melone

Jan 05, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Happy birthday, Bill. Yes, it is coming up in a few days. 75 big ones are a big deal. Best wishes, al melone

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Nov 22, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Sorry to learn of Jim's passing. He was a deeply competitive and determined human being. We all profited by knowing him in our formative years. May he rest in peace.  Al 

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Nov 04, 2017 at 8:20 AM

Glad we all made it another year. I hope Stephanie all is well with you and yours. Best wishes, al melone

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Jul 02, 2017 at 6:59 AM

Hi JIM: Hope you are doing well on your birthday. Best wishes, al melone

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Jun 30, 2017 at 7:52 AM

Hi Richard-- best wishes on your birthday. Hope all is well!

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Jun 26, 2017 at 6:34 AM

HI Rudy: Happy birthday and welcome to the 75 Club! al melone

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May 24, 2017 at 7:30 AM
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Posted on: Feb 25, 2017 at 8:45 AM

Diana; Have a great birthday and thanks for all your effort in keeping this listserv and reunion activities going all these years. Many happy returns of the day. al melone

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Feb 21, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Hi Norm-- i am a day late but I hope you had a fine birthday. Take care of yourself and many more years ahead! al melone

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Jan 19, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Hi Vickie: I have been worrying about you because of the recent news of flooding and othe poor weather conditions in your neck of the woods. I hope you have been able to avoid such, if any, awful conditions. Hope you have a happy birthday coming soon. Take care, al melone

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Dec 07, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Hi Howard and a happy birthday to you. Hope you are well. I must admit, however, getting old is not for sissies. I don't know if you had a chance to read my 2016 novel as of yet. You can find it on or through the publisher: Mezzogiorno in Chicago: Love and Trouble on Ogden Avenue (Boston: Branden Books, 2016). I have not done much since that publication. I have been reading many old books especially trying to organize my thoughts on understand and explaining Trump. It is about mass politics, alienation, and the new but friendly fascism we are witnessing in modern times.
Well, enough from me. Enjoy your day!

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Nov 06, 2016 at 8:02 AM

Happy birthday Stephanie-- It has been too many years since we have seen each other. Hope all is well with you and my very best wishes for the coming year. al melone

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Sep 16, 2016 at 8:50 AM

Hi Allan-- happy birthday! Hope all is well with you and you get a chance to enjoy the day with friends and family. Best wishes, al melone

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Jun 25, 2016 at 7:41 AM

Hi Rudy: Happy birthday today! best wishes, al melone

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Jun 25, 2016 at 7:40 AM

Happy birthday coming up soon! Hope all is well with you. I am doing okay but will have cataract surgery on tuesday. You may know of my recently published novel: Mezzogiorno in Chicago (Boston: Branden Books, 2016). You can get it through Well you have a good time. al melone

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May 25, 2016 at 9:26 AM

Happy Birthday Chris-- I enjoy looking at your profile and think back with happiness at our shared experiences at Covina High. Hope you get a chance to read my novel--Mezzogiorno in Chicago: Love and Trouble on Ogden Avenue(Boston: Branden Books, 2016). Most accessible through Again, best wishes for a happy birthday, Al Melone

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May 02, 2016 at 6:57 AM

Hi Danny: Have a great birthday. It was good seeing you at the 55th Reunion. My brother who lives in West Covina will be visiting me by the end of the week. You may remember I live now in the Metro East Area of St. Louis on the Illinois side of the Miss River. Take care, p.s. You might enjoy reading my recent novel, Mezzogiorno in Chicago. You can obtain it easily from al melone

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Apr 25, 2016 at 2:33 AM
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