Background to Tuesdays with Morrie
The author Mitch Albom was a student at Brandeis University, his favorite professor was Morrie Shwartz. Mitch Albom was born on May 23, 1958. He grew up in New Jersey near to the Pennsylvania border and also close to Philadelphia. As a kid he wanted to become a musician and throughout high school he played with the school’s band. He went to college at Brandeis University and studied sociology. After college he became a performing musician and performed in North America and Europe. After watching an interview of his professor from Brandeis University, Morrie Schwartz, he decided to meet with him again and they met every Tuesday. Albom then wrote his breakthrough book Tuesdays with Morrie on his experiences with his professor. He now lives in Detroit, Michigan, he is a writer for a living and is married without kids. After 16 years they are reunited when Morrie is battling ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. When Morrie has only a few months left to live, Mitch Albom, his favorite student, comes to his house in West Newton, Massachusetts, once a week on Tuesday, for the rest of Morrie's days.