Richard L. Rotelli, a Framingham, MA native, has always had a flair
for storytelling. Even as a youngster, he would
entertain family and friends with his original tales.
But he was in a unique
position to document the life and times of Floyd Niles
Walser as well as his own father’s extraordinary
inventiveness, in the book A Creative Odyssey.
This work is his first published book and is
partially the result of the memories he has of the times
when Floyd lived in his home in the late ‘40s and ‘50s,
as well as recollections of his father’s unique skills.
The book took
three years to write, with much of that time spent
researching background material, especially for the
early 20th century times and places. It was surprising
that in spite of knowing “Tex” (as Floyd was sometimes
called) for more than a decade, there was so much more
to learn of his early years.
Mr. Rotelli is
a 1952 graduate of Framingham High School and went on to
earn a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from
Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1956.
He is retired from 38 years in the engineering
profession, where his skills as a writer were often put
to good use. He and his wife, Pat,
have four children, seven grandchildren and three