Rod Sterling is, in no particular order, a husband of nearly 50 years to Kathleen, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and veteran. His colorful career – some say spotty – includes U.S. Airman, saloon keeper, private detective, real estate broker, former member of Mensa International, mayor, amateur and semipro actor, and recently, a mystery novelist and essayist.
He spent a year in Texas, then three cold war years in Europe in the Air Force. After a brief stint in college, he went into the business of running the family restaurant and bar in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. He later had ownership in three other “saloons” as he calls them. One in Fort Lee, New Jersey, another on Manhattan’s upper east side, and a nightclub in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He stopped drinking in 1969 and a year later left the bar business for good, ultimately becoming a real estate broker. He formed a company called Rod Sterling Realty which operated for 25 years in Ocean County, N.J. with 8 office locations.
Upon leaving the work force, he became active in memoir writing for family only, not published, amateur theatrics, paid theatrics, and writer of mysteries, essays, and plays. Rod has done over a dozen shows since 2007 not including multiple appearances in a tricornered hat, waistcoat and britches in the reenactment of the 1775 speech “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” by Patrick Henry. It’s performed about 50 times annually at the site of the original speech: St. John’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Rod and Kathleen now take a cruise or two each year and relish the company of their children and grandchildren.