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Autobiography / Humor


 

Cop's Kid
A Milwaukee Memoir
Mel C. Miskimen


Dad packed a lunch and packed heat


Growing up, Mel Miskimen thought that a gun and handcuffs on the kitchen table were as normal as a gallon of milk and a loaf of Mrs. Karl's bread. Her father, a Milwaukee cop for almost forty years was part Super Hero (He simply held up his hand and three lanes of traffic came to a screeching halt) and part Supreme Being (he could be anywhere at anytime. I never knew when or where he would pop up.) Miskimen's memoir, told in humorous vignettes, tells what it was like for a girl growing up with a dad who packed a lunch and packed heat.

"Cop's Kid is an original and engaging look at the family life of a cop through the eyes of his daughter. It is also a cultural snapshot of people and events that shaped American life during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s."—Jonathan L. Overby, host and producer of Higher Ground

Mel Miskimen is a lifelong Milwaukee resident and an actor, writer, and humorist who regularly appears on the Higher Ground program on Wisconsin Public Radio.

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cover of Miskimen's book is a colorized photo of a fatherly cop with an inset of a child

August 2003
LC: 2003005022 CT
154 pp.  5 x 8 1/2

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"Cop's Kid, published this month by the University of Wisconsin Press, humorously and engagingly recounts life with a dad who 'packed a lunch and packed heat."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel October 26, 2003


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