Len Semas was born in Taunton, Massachusetts, and grew up in Santa Clara, California, in a traditional family of the 1950s era, and is middle of five siblings. He was taught the virtues of hard work at an early age, and was first exposed to the “publishing business” at the age of 10 as a newspaper delivery boy.
Len attended public schools until college, graduating from Santa Clara University. He majored in biology and minored in chemistry and philosophy.
Following graduation, Len volunteered for service in the U.S. Army and attended Engineer Officer Candidate School, receiving his commission as a Distinguished Graduate. He served 3 years from 1969-1972 and was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.
He returned to Santa Clara University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree, followed by a career in business. He has 40+ years of varied experience, including a stint with a large health care corporation, self-employment in the real estate field, and COO for a start-up technology company. Over the past 14 years, he has been involved in writing, publishing and speaking on politics, political philosophy, contemporary issues and current events. In addition, he teaches business writing and speaking at Western Nevada College.
Semas has published and been the primary contributor in an online magazine, Sierra Sage, since 2002, and is the author/publisher of three books. His current book, Reading with Grandpa and Enzo: Learn the Most Important Words First, is a reading primer that encourages adult-child interaction and promotes traditional values to beginning readers.
His previously published works include:
- Reason, Justice and Common Sense (author/publisher) – 2nd edition pending
- Bars of Nevada: The Historical, Hysterical and Barely Standing (editor/publisher)
TITLE: READING AND VALUES
As a college instructor for many years, I have observed that the essential determinants of educational success are parental involvement and reading. As an observer of society, I have noted a decline in traditional values. This presentation builds on the purpose of my latest book – the importance of reading, values and adult-child interaction. It draws on quotations, personal and historical anecdotes, and academic studies that stress the essential nature of these key elements. As shown, parent/adult involvement in education, reading and values are cornerstones of society – and we are losing all three.