Glenn Somodi is an American author who writes his stories in the short space between lying down and dreaming. The stories are written over many nights, replayed, and rewritten in his head for enjoyment. His mission is to find anyone who enjoys reading the stories as much as he enjoys creating them.
He is a proud graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. His paying job is as a partner at EYEMG.com, LLC in Akron, Ohio, a website development company.
He was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, raised by a schoolteacher and a mechanical engineer in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, and has resided in Brunswick, Ohio, for most of his adult life.
He has a patient wife whom he met at Ohio University in 1989. He also has three beautiful children that are his favorite creations. His coworkers include three cats and a dog – a Siamese tabby named Nala, a Chantilly-Tiffany cat named Coco, a Maine Coon named Josie, and the loudest coworker is Beckham, a Yorkshire Terrier. All five share office space for the entire workday.
A proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Ohio North Region)
So what has kept Glenn Somodi busy over the years?
The Civil Air Patrol
Glenn Somodi was the commander of The Civil Air Patrol, Medina Skyhawks 219th Composite Squadron for two years, and a senior member before that. The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. The Civil Air Patrol’s website states their mission best:
“Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, to mobilize the nation’s civilian aviation resources for national defense service, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.
As a Total Force partner and auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy, and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 80-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.”
Wait, he plays sports?
Glenn isn’t someone you would look at and say, “yeah, he’s an athlete.” But he has been active in many sports over the years: volleyball, racquetball, soccer, and pickleball. When his wife started running for hours on end, he decided to get off the couch and join her at that sport, too.
At around the 40-year-old mark, he made half marathons into destination vacations where he and his wife, Merri-Jo, could have fun running together. They did the Napa-to-Sonoma Half Marathon, The Virginia Beach Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, The Cleveland Half Marathon, The Boston Towpath Half Marathon, and Glenn even did the Cleveland Sprint Triathlon. He had the most fun doing the warrior dash with his friends.
Additionally, Glenn loved coaching youth soccer, Junior Olympic girls’ volleyball, and boys volleyball.