Barry Finn, 71, has had an interesting life. The West Pittston native and alumnus of the first Wyoming Area class was, among other gigs, an X-ray technician, a restaurant manager, bowling alley co-owner and on-air meteorologist in Erie, Minneapolis, El Paso and here for WNEP and WDAU. He had a serious back injury, heart attack and bypass surgery and suffers from a rare chronic disease.
Twice divorced, he is the father of two sons and therein lies the core of his newly published book — fatherhood and the lack of it in his life.
In “Father and Son, A Life Unraveled,” Finn writes about his quest to meet and learn about his biological father, who is not the man he thought was his father for the first 22 years of his life. But even that man, an army lifer, was not much of a presence in Finn’s life. Then there was Walter, a man Finn’s mother married, and who turned out to be a violent drunk.
Throughout the memoir, as he writes about his various jobs and girlfriends, Finn laments not having a father figure and vows to be one to his own sons. He succeeds and both his sons are successful men. The 120-page book can be read in a sitting or two. It’s available on Amazon or from the publisher at Atlantic-pub.com