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Lloyd Jack Wilson was born in Lorain in 1938. He lived the first fifty years of his life on the East Side of the Bascule Bridge, which still connects the city of Lorain’s East and West side of town. That’s back when it stayed closed more than open. As the fearless captain of Patrol Boys at Fairhome Elementary, he never lost a fellow student on his watch. In the mid-fifties, Lloyd played sports at Longfellow and was in numerous plays and musicals. After graduating from Lorain Senior, he was a sign artist at Ritter Signs and married another East Sider; Janet Bohach.
During the seven years Wilson spent in Lorain’s Ohio National Guard Unit, Co. B, he and Janet had two sons—still do—plus four grandchildren. And for five years he was the Journal’s staff artist, where he created crisp copy and attention-grabbing layouts for advertising and display. During those years he found time to coach Little League and then on to Lorain’s American Legion baseball team, Post 30, to several championships.
As an artist at Cedar Point he began writing how-to articles for SignCraft, an international magazine. Then, during the years Lloyd wielded a brush at Disney and MGM Studios as an artist/instructor, he wrote and produced the play Madam Zodiac, a comedy/thriller that enjoyed a successful run throughout Central Florida.
For the last ten years he’s been writing the historical fiction/family saga, The Keeper trilogy; an adventure novel about saving the Lorain lighthouse. Book one begins during the War of 1812, and ends in 1941. The Keeper’s Son takes place in the fifties. And the Last Keeper ends in real time. An MGM script doctor believes the stories are perfect for adaption into screenplays.
At present Wilson has adapted an original Christmas story into a play between monitoring an elite writers group in Tarpon Springs, Florida. He has also penned a middle reader adventure novel, Maximum Graffiti and continues to write how-to-articles. Wilson’s writing spirit may be on the west coast of Florida, but he boasts that his heart will always be in Lorain, Ohio.