2015-07-09 / Living

Retired judge/author to host book review, signing at senior center

SWARTZ CREEK – The daily routine of a small town judge isn’t always about crime and punishment. Sometimes, a bit of jocularity sneaks in.

After 22 years on the bench, retired 67th District Judge John L. Conover had accumulated a stack of legal pads full of jottings about real-life courtroom experiences that left him amused, or at times, bemused.

With the help of his wife, retired English teacher Karen Conover, the judge turned those notes into “Off-Balance,” an anthology of 175 vignettes that show truth really can be stranger than fiction.

The Conovers will share some of those anecdotes and autograph copies of their books at 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, at the Swartz Creek Senior Center. The public is welcome.

Conover began keeping notes of “funny, ironic and odd events” so he could share them with family and friends. He later began weaving them into speeches, often to the great amusement of his audiences.

The Conovers spent seven years assembling and polishing the stories for “Off-Balance,” a memoir of events in his courtroom in Davison, and from 20 years he worked as a lawyer in private practice. – L.R.

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