Just An Ordinary Average Guy
That's how Jon Gold describes himself in the first chapter of his book, which is now available on Amazon. Well, yeah, if average means institutionalized twice and attempted suicide at age 18 is ordinary.
In fairness to Jon, he does seem to have had a rough childhood, and I can't say how I would have grown up in his shoes. And there were a couple parallels between his life and mine that were quite striking. For instance, he mentions that his grandfather carried around a silver dollar minted the year he was born for decades, and actually wore out. Oddly enough, my grandfather also carried a silver dollar from the year he was born that had been worn out. I dunno, maybe that was something people did back then.