Author J.R. Egles was born on November 23, 1949 in
to Marie and Bob Egles. He was the eldest of four children. Other than a three year period from ages nine
to twelve when the family lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey Hialeah, Florida, Joe was a lifelong resident. New Jersey
From an early age, Joe developed a fascination of astronomy. Joe ground his own telescope lens from a big thick circular piece of glass about the diameter of a dinner plate. Day after day, he spent endless hours in the basement of his family’s home grinding it with rouge. When it was finished, he installed the lens in a large telescope that he built himself from scratch. Joe’s father set a pipe in concrete in the backyard to serve as a mount for the telescope. Joe was also an avid photographer whose favorite subjects were, of course, the stars and planets. With that telescope, Joe was able to combine his passions for astronomy and photography by capturing amazing photos of the moon, planets and constellations.
The one thing that surpassed even his obsession for astronomy, however, was his enduring love of ham radio. At a very young age, Joe joined the close knit community of “hams” when a neighbor introduced him to this unique world of communication.
Therefore, we should not be surprised that The Kabrini Message combines both of Joe’s loves: outer space and communication.
Joe wrote The Kabrini Message in
in 1987 over the course of about six months. At the time, Joe was serving as a full-time,
live-in caretaker of another Joe, his elderly grandfather. Loveladies, New
Joe most recently lived in Ship Bottom,
wife, Gwen. He was a father of three and
a grandfather of four. New Jersey
In January, 2010 Joe passed away at the age of 60. Although he wrote a few short stories and did some freelance writing for a local newspaper, The Kabrini Message was his first and only novel. The Kabrini Message was an idea 25 years ahead of its time, and there is no doubt that Joe is very pleased that his novel’s time has finally arrived!