Career as novelist comes to Hal Taxel in his later years
Hal Taxel was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the youngest of four boys. (“My poor mother,” he said.) He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Scouts’ Order of the Arrow. He served in the U.S. Navy Aircorps after graduating from New York University, where he was a reporter for the school’s newspaper, captain of the NYU national champion fencing team — a NCAA silver medalist and fencing All-American.
Taxel attended the University of Chicago graduate school and worked for a management consulting company specializing in newspapers and magazines. In the newspaper business in Texas, he went from Marketing Director to Sales Manager to Publisher. When that fizzled, he moved to La Jolla and taught at National University and served as general manager of the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation.
He was appointed a U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee by the Justice Department and handled Chapter Seven and Eleven cases. During that time, he had a novel published.
For the past six years, Taxel has devoted himself to writing fulltime. He has had six of his novels published — all available on Ama- zon in print and Kindle.
His latest is “Reuben’s Revenge, Crusade Against Corruption: Vol. 3.
What brought you to La Jolla?Years ago I was the publisher of a daily newspa- per in Texas, one of a group owned by Harte Hanks Newspapers. I was asked to move to San Di- ego to take over the management of a group of community newspapers and shoppers purchased by the corporation, and the
La Jolla Lightwas one of those newspapers. I’ve been here ever since.
What might you improve in town?I would have the seal and sea lion defecation cleaned once and for all and make sure the Cove was kept permanently free of smell. It is simply ridiculous that an educated and wealthy La Jolla community should allow this pervasive problem to exist.
Who or what inspires you?I’m motivated by the idea that one of my books, including one of my unpublished manuscripts will win a Pulitzer.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?Indira Gahndi; Golda Meir; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; President of Mexico Alvaro Obregon; Dr. William Fishman, founder of the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation (since renamed the Burnham Institute); Professor Lloyd Warner, University of Chicago; Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss; Dr. Diane Barbolla, archeologist (hostess).
What are you currently reading?I’m re-reading Daniel Silva, master author of international spy books.
What is it you most dislike?That would be arrogant, pompous, garrulous people, who never listen and never shut up.
What is your most-prized possession?I prize my freedom to write and speak without being subject to the tyranny of suppression of those rights.
What do you do for fun?Diane and I are serious patrons of the arts. We have annual subscriptions to the symphony, the opera, and various theater groups. However, Diane and her mother, Edna, are into dance groups and I take a pass. When I fly solo, I play Texas Hold’em poker: I concede to being very competitive.
What is your philosophy of life?It’s not very complicated: Never give up. Never give in.
What would be your dream vacation?How about a cruise ship on a China river with stops in Hong Kong and Singapore?