Ron Gawthorp born 1947 West Salem IL. Studied journalism at both Vincennes (IN) University and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. Graduated with B.S. Wrote for award winning weekly and small daily newspapers before returning to the family business of oilwell drilling in 1977. Continued to write freelance columns and in 1992 began work on his first novel, Richer Than The Rockefellers, which was published this Spring by Holly Hill Publishing Co. He writes mostly colorful, often humorous and moving stories, about people working in the oil, gas and coal industries.