Can you remember a time before video games? A time where kids were forced to use their i-Maginations instead of their i-Pads? Where "Tribes" were formed and innocence was lost? Where growing up and growing strong was not just for the body, but also for the spirit? The Streets of our Youth follows the hilarious and often embarrassing adventures of Richey Storm and the Draden Tribe, a club of ten- to fourteen-year-old boys caught up in the tumultuous times of the sixties, just trying to get from one day to the next.
The story opens on November 22, 1963. President Kennedy has been shot and the Draden Tribe is faced with a weekend without television. What to do?
"We all chatted about how crazy someone shooting our President was and then we tried to figure out how to pass the time. We decided to form a squad of bad-asses and find out who had done such a thing! 'I am going to be The Hulk and go find this guy and SMASH him,' I announced! Comic book heroes rule! End of story."
Come join Richey Storm and the Tribe as they boldly go where only the most foolhardy dare. Armed with only their imaginations, the boys tackle the challenges of boredom, the joy of the holidays, the pain of "girls" and the death defying antics only those emboldened with courage born from the eternal optimism of unbridled youth would ever attempt.
As we follow their exploits, we are transported back to a time before 500 channels, DVRs, laptops and zombie-zapping video games, when young boys and girls fended for themselves. They lived life to the fullest using ingenuity and creativity to invent magical worlds and dangerous excursions while shaping the hopes and dreams of a generation.
Ron Stelle grew up on the southwest side of Houston, Texas. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1978, which moved him to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he retired in 2001. He has one daughter, Phoebe, and two step-children, Michelle and Mitch. He now resides outside Chicago with his wife, Sandy, and their many pets. Currently, he is working on several exciting projects as he prepares for his next offering to the literary world.