Growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the early 1960s through mid-1970s was a lot of fun. Actually, I don't think I ever really grew up. Having worked in the field of law enforcement and investigations for approximately 35 years (spanning from the late 1970s through current day), I've been able to combine two of my favorite things (and even got/get paid for it): having fun (while being daring) and catching bad guys.
I'm not quite sure if my career choice was more influenced by reading superhero comic books in the local barber shop as a kid or just by having a general dislike for bullies and people who harm others. Even as a youngster riding around on my bike with baseball cards held with clothespins flapping through the tire spokes, I had great admiration for law enforcement officers: specifically the patrol officers of the Chicago Police Department. Back then there were two large burly cops in every squad car and only one blue light on the roof. There were no cell phones in those days; but police call boxes with telephones inside were located on select street corners. Over the years many changes have been made in police work, but the ability to conduct thorough and complete investigations has always been an important part of preventing, stopping, and solving criminal activity.
After joining the profession myself and since becoming a private investigator, I've successfully completed investigations from coast to coast and even a few in Europe. After all these years, ...