A Madison Magazine Reader’s Memories Become 
a Published Memoir
Nov 27, 2012
01:14 PM
From Memory to Memoir

And the Winner Is...

And the Winner Is...

Madison Magazine Memoir Contest Winner Ron Hoppmann was born on Madison’s east side in 1934. He attended Marquette Elementary School and East High School. Ron spent three years active duty in the Marine Corps and went to college in Colorado.

Ron says, “I write because I have no choice in the matter.”

Since retirement, he often writes with the Meadowood Life Story Writers, an outreach effort of the Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) Department. The memoir he plans to complete with me will be (in his words) “a humble jumble of scatter-brained writings” about his childhood as one of eleven children raised by a divorced mother during the Depression and World War II.

Now in retirement, Ron was the owner of Bord & Stol furniture in Madison. He is a father of three and grandfather of seven.

Ron’s writing has been published in two anthologies published by Meadowood Life Story Writers in 2011 and 2012 and in Julien’s Journal: The Dubuque Area Lifestyle Magazine in August 2011.

Photo: Ron Hoppmann in front of the family’s home at 1418 Northern Court on Madison’s East Side, about 1945.

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Sarah White, author and personal historian, has written for a variety of markets ranging from business “how-to” books to consumer advice for teens. She applies her professional writing experience to help individuals preserve their life stories through workshops, community projects and one-to-one coaching. Born into a writing family, White graduated from Indiana University in 1980 with a Journalism degree. She has been a professional freelance writer since 1998. Her memoir essays have been published online and in print. She has taught memoir writing locally since 2004, helping dozens of individuals to complete and publish their life stories. She is active in the Association of Personal Historians (www.personalhistorians.org), currently serving as the organization's president. 

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