Retired police officer Robert Weisskopf likes to relax by writing and his new book is: "Hardcore: The Journey Begins (The Journey of the
Freighter Lola)" released on April 15. Robert says the book is a sci-fi thriller about a man with a bad back who skippers a cargo freighter from planet to planet on the fringes of our galaxy. BUY BOOK HERE
His friends and crew have talents that come in handy as they take on thegiant space mining corporation, Hardcore.
During his long career Robert worked at several Chicago police districts - including 17, 19, & 23 - and then he retired from 311.
Robert says he's half-Irish via his mom: "Her name was Ann Irene Laffey. She grew up in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish on Belmont. She graduated from Immaculata High School. Her parents came from County Mayo and Galway."
Robert Weisskopf, or rather Bob as his friends call him, grew up in Chicago where he still lives. His father was a Chicago Police Lieutenant but his father had apprenticed under Bob's Grandfather as a pastry chef.
Bob entered the Chicago Police Academy on Valentine's Day, 1983.
He took to this career with a passion he never knew before. Over the course of the next thirty years he would rise from Police Officer to Lieutenant. He became interested in union and labor issues and eventually served as president of the Lieutenant's union for six years.
As a young Police officer he soon met his bride. After dating a year she accepted his marriage proposal. Married a year later they enjoyed their lives and kids. Three sons, Bobby, Jimmy, and Patrick brightened their home. To this day their sons are the brightest part of their lives.
Unfortunately life happens and eventually Bob and his wife grew apart and separated. Divorced after 17 years of marriage they went on to lead their own lives. For Bob this never diminished the importance of him remaining close and involved in his son's lives.
His son's lived with their mother fifty miles away. This meant he spent many long hours in heavy traffic and bad weather to make sure he would be there for his sons.
His son Bob came to live with him for eight years. A couple years back Bob moved out on his own. At the same time Jim and Pat moved in. Now with a home filled with sons and dogs Bob perfects his cooking and spends his time writing and riding his Gold Wing motorcycle.
This year he turns 60 years old so this is just the beginning of the story.