Ron Neumer is a former Philadelphia Press Association award winning news reporter and columnist who covered, in addition to news items, human interest stories within Northeast Philadelphia. His interest in reading and writing began as a kid growing up who read comic books and sport's magazines. Ron bought his comic books and baseball magazines at a neighborhood corner ice cream and soda shop with money he earned delivering newspapers on his row-housed street. His book, Once in a While in Philadelphia, is rich in Philadelphia flavors that came from personal observations and experiences. Ron said, "Some of the things in my book you can't make up. There are neighborhoods that just give you the stories, and this is one of them." He grew up on Melrose Street across the street from the Lit Club in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. On summer days, down the street on the steps of the church on the corner at Margaret Street, he learned to play chess with his friend Tommy Gross. Ron lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, Ginny, and continues writing a screen play. He hopes to see one of his short stories come to life on stage.