Greg Zeigler is a retired English teacher and school head who resides in Jackson Hole Wyoming. His dog Max is a retired pet. As a career educator and writer who has written a novel, The Straw That Broke, as well as many articles on travel and educational subjects, Greg is uniquely qualified to research and write this blog and the forthcoming book, Travels with Steinbeck.The blog already has great appeal to many generations of Americans—from second graders to folks in their 80s—and for English and literature teachers across the country for use in their classrooms. Greg’s experience running and marketing independent schools is serving him well as he travels and speaks around the country. While en route, Greg, with his sidekick Max, has spoken to over 800 students about Steinbeck, Travels with Charley and this journey.
Greg and Max’s website will offer the book when completed, as well as a comprehensive teacher’s guide. An educational documentary is also in development at this time.
An excerpt from, Travels with Steinbeck: In Search of America Fifty Years Later, by Gregory Zeigler.
I held a well-traveled copy of Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley in one hand and half a sloppy chicken salad sandwich in the other. It was February 1st, 2007. Although I was sitting quietly in the Salt Lake City airport, my heart raced when I realized the 50th anniversary of Steinbeck’s trip around the U.S. was just three years away. I had just discovered my next adventure.
Since exploring this country as a child with my family, I have loved trailer camping. As an adult, in the 70s and 80s, I drove back and forth across the U.S. several times, but not since. Until that moment in Salt Lake City, only my nostalgia for childhood trips and peripatetic nature had pushed me—never quite enough to get me going again—family and work always intervened. But right then I knew I would go. And I knew why. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say, I’d hit upon a damned good excuse.
Author, Anne Fadiman writes about Greg below.
“I’ve known Greg Zeigler for a long time and he’s perfectly suited for this Steinbeckian adventure. Retracing Travels with Charley requires an adventurous spirit, an endlessly replenishing supply of curiosity, and the ability to coax candor out of the people encountered en route. Greg has all three in abundance. Wherever he goes, people will like him, and as a result, they will open up to him. And when the settings are wild, his decades of outdoor experience will serve him well. Greg and his dog Max will be fine travelers and fine observers.”
Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ex Libris and At Large and At Small