“When I was 5-years-old I had my first panic attack. My father got me this rubber ball the top hemisphere was blue and the bottom was red and there was a white band around it. In that band there were blue letters and I remember sitting on the floor with my legs out and turning it and memorizing my alphabet because I didn’t want to make a fool of myself in school. Apparently language resonated with me because of all the things you can freak out about I picked the English alphabet and I wanted to master it. When I was young I devoured books and by the time I was in the 8th grade I knew I wanted to write.”
Martin Edward Halstuk, 69, emigrated from a German refugee camp to America at the age of four in 1946. Coming along way from his past and his first panic attack Martin is now a Penn State College of Communications associate media law professor planning to retire in the spring of 2016. Martin is an award-winning reporter over the span of his 21-year journalism career. Martin lives is Boalsburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Monica and has one daughter Annie Reyes age 28. Martin and Monica are avid animal lovers. They own three dogs Jack, Maggie, Zeva, and a 12-year-old horse named Jasper.