He's not really my uncle and, matter of fact, we're absolutely no blood relationship to each other at all. I started calling him Uncle Nelson when my kids were very small, because that's what they called him. He's been in and around my life for 55 years so far, so I guess it's fair to say that we know each other pretty well.
Nelson DeMille—the best-selling, world-acclaimed novelist—has been my good friend since we first met in school back so many years ago that it's a wonder that we can remember those early days at all, yet somehow we do. We're talking about a relationship that began in second grade and continued without pause all through elementary, middle and high school. As young adults we went our separate ways along some wandering career paths, but we always stayed in touch.
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