Joseph C. Mastroianni,is a contributing editor to Fly
Fishing New England, and writes essays on the history of fly-fishing.
His research brought to light the contributions of a woman who
lived and wrote in the 1400s, one hundred years prior to Isaac
Walton, who is universally accepted as the father of fly-fishing. Joseph has also published a book of poetry and is working on another.
A professional helicopter pilot, he suffered life-threatening injuries in a pedestrian accident when an automobile struck him forcing retirement 1988. He spent ten years rehabilitating from subsequent
surgeries. In 1999 Joseph celebrated his recovery by realizing a childhood dream, a bike ride from California to Boston. Three of his
six children were the support team for the trek to raise funds
for the National Children's Cancer Society and The American
Heart Association. Mayors and governors across America, including
now-President George W. Bush, cited him for his effort. Congress
has also recognized his achievement.
Being seduced by the classical guitar in 1972, Joseph studied four years in Madrid for the sole purpose of playing Bach's
Chaconne. He has spent the past 15 years writing this
novel and playing the Chaconne.
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