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Novel by Emeritus Prof. Felix Goodson Captures the New Mexico of His Youth

Novel by Emeritus Prof. Felix Goodson Captures the New Mexico of His Youth

August 7, 2002

August 7, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - Felix E. Goodson, professor emeritus of psychology at DePauw University, is the author of a new novel, O' Cimarron!, published by Red Hen Press of Granada Hills, California.

Dr. Goodson, who grew up in New Mexico's Cimarron Valley in the 1930's, tells Greencastle's Banner-Graphic, "I remember these crazy people and these wild times. The Cimarron was legendary as a place. I just happen to have been brought up there."

A feature article on the book in the newspaper says that O' Cimarron! tells the story of a 7-year-old boy "and his adventures as he weathers snow storms, dust storms, drought, a first love, and rites of passage. While Goodson says he changed the names of his characters, many of them are based on real people." 

A prisoner of war in World War II, the paper notes that Felix Goodson, who retired from DePauw in 1990, "still enjoys flying his small private plane. And he has a wrecked plane in his barn that he is rebuilding as a project." He also raises cattle on his Putnam County farm. The Banner-Graphic's Lisa Meyer 4602Trigg notes, "Most recently, Goodson has completed the 'work of his life' -- the textbook The Evolution and Function of Cognition. He has spent 15 years on the textbook and calls it 'the culmination of my best thinking, such as it is. I hope it is a major contribution, and my publishers think it will be.' "

You can read the newspaper article in its entirety by clicking here.

The publisher's Web page on O' Cimarron! is accessible here.