Jerry Harju is a humor writer and book publisher who lives in Marquette, Michigan. He received a degree in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Michigan in 1957 and completed his formal education with an MS from the University of Southern California in 1985.
After thirty years as a manager in the aerospace industry in Southern California, Jerry began writing as a second career. He’s written ten books and has published several books by other Upper Michigan authors.
Northern Reflections, Northern D’Lights, Northern Passages, Northern Memories and Northern Tales No.5 are collections of humorous autobiographical short stories about growing up in the Upper Peninsula in the 1940’s.
Cold Cash is Jerry’s novel, a wacky tale about two unschooled amateurs who decide to solve their cash-flow problems by pulling a bank heist and getting away on snowmobiles. Typical of Harju’s work, the robbery doesn’t go as planned and is further complicated by two strong-willed women. The book won a Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Achievement Award in 1999, and is currently being considered as a screenplay for a feature film.
Here’s what I think…, Way Back When, and Our World was in Black & White, are collections of Jerry’s columns that have appeared in past years in the Mining Journal, Upper Michigan’s largest newspaper.