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John Elder Robison
Works at Random House
Attended Mulberry Tree School
Lives in Amherst, MA
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Hidden dangers in one-piece hubs
Another day, another brake job . . . but not so fast! Take a look at this rear hub/brake assembly. It's a pretty typical worn out pad and rotor picture, one that we've addressed with a cleanup and new brake parts a thousand times before.  This one turned ou...
Another day, another brake job . . . but not so fast! Take a look at this rear hub/brake assembly. It's a pretty typical worn out pad and rotor picture, one that we've addressed with a cleanup and new brake parts a thousand t...
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Frame Rust in Land Rover Discovery II models - an Achilles' heel?
The 2003-4 Discovery was one of Land Rover’s most successful
models.   Unfortunately, significant
problems have begun cropping up as the trucks have aged.   I’ve written quite a bit about the engine
block problems, which got a great deal worse in the late 4...
The 2003-4 Discovery was one of Land Rover’s most successful models.  Unfortunately, significant problems have begun cropping up as the trucks have aged.  I’ve written quite a bit about the engine block problems, which got a ...
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Rebuilding Brakes on Vintage and Collector Cars
The last of the Crewe-built Bentleys Rebuilding a rear brake caliper on a vintage Rolls Royce  Brake jobs used to be so simple!   Pop a set of pads into the calipers, and you
were good to go.   No more, especially on
high end cars like this Rolls.   Let’s
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The last of the Crewe-built Bentleys Rebuilding a rear brake caliper on a vintage Rolls Royce  Brake jobs used to be so simple!  Pop a set of pads into the calipers, and you were good to go.  No more, especially on high en...
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Monarch Institute in Houston, Texas
A few days ago I had the privilege of visiting Monarch
Institute in Houston Texas, a magical place for kids with neurological
differences.   I’ve written about Monarch
School before; the Institute is an outgrowth of that original program.   Join me now for ...
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Influenza
Flu, influenza,  and a scene from a diseased and disordered mind It comes upon you in the night, with no warning.   You go to bed healthy, and the next morning
you are unable to stand.   Your body has
lost all its strength, no matter how fit you may have be...
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I am sad to announce the death of my son's mother and my former wife, Mary L Robison
Thanks to all of you for your love and support throughout my former wife and Cubby's  mother  Mary Robison  's recent illness. She died peacefully with Cubby holding her hand yesterday afternoon at Mass General Hospital in Boston. I know many of you were fo...
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Inspecting a 1980-1999 Rolls Royce or Bentley - what to look for
Things to look for in a Rolls Royce or Bentley 1981-2000 4-door sedan models – Silver Spirit, Silver Dawn,
Silver Spur and 2 door models – Corniche, Continental, Azure (c) 2014 John Elder Robison - www.robisonservice.com In this essay I'd like to show you a...
Things to look for in a Rolls Royce or Bentley 1981-2000 4-door sedan models – Silver Spirit, Silver Dawn, Silver Spur and 2 door models – Corniche, Continental, Azure (c) 2014 John Elder Robison - www.robisonservice.com ...
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Blown Head Gaskets on Land Rover V8 Engines
I've got a blown head gasket in my Land Rover.  What will it take to fix it?  That's a question Land Rover service managers hear fairly regularly.  We used to do head gasket jobs all the time, but in the last 5-7 years many of those jobs went bad. The engin...
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Restoring seats in collector cars from Europe
One of the issues to be aware of when buying "restored" cars is that the examples offered for sale were often restored with the resale market in mind.  To that end, those restorers tend to focus on the things you'll be able to see at an auction inspection. ...
One of the issues to be aware of when buying "restored" cars is that the examples offered for sale were often restored with the resale market in mind.  To that end, those restorers tend to focus on the things you'll be able t...
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Imperial Chinese War Pugs in the news
Researchers at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
recently announced a groundbreaking study that will explore genetic
commonalities between DNA from mummified canines in the tombs of Imperial China
and certain dog breeds of today.   Imperial Chinese War...
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Occupation
Author, photographer, auto business owner, autism advocate, speaker
Employment
  • Random House
    Author, Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, Crown Publishers, 2007 - present
  • J E Robison Service
    Founder and Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar expert, present
  • Autism Speaks
    Science Board Member, 2012
  • Elms College
    Adjunct faculty, Autism program, 2009 - 2012
  • SimplexGrinnell
    Engineer, 1981 - 1984
  • Hasbro
    Engineer - Milton Bradley, 1979 - 1981
  • Candela Laser
    Manager Power Systems, 1987 - 1989
  • Isoreg
    Director of Engineering, 1984 - 1987
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Amherst, MA
Previously
Amherst, MA
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Free range Aspergian; Autism Advocate. Neurodiversity advocate Author, Raising Cubby, Look Me in the Eye and Be Different. Founder, JE Robison Service of Springfield, MA. Photographer. Champion eater
Introduction
Pretending to be normal. That's how John Elder Robison spent much of his time before being diagnosed, at the age of forty, with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. In his illuminating memoirs Raising Cubby and Look Me in the Eye, he writes about overcoming his limitations to lead a successful life, and offers his keen insights into the irreducible strangeness of the human mind and the irrepressible strength of the human spirit.  His tales of parenting and his adventures with his own Aspergian son are totally unique. The world was introduced to John Elder Robison in a memorable chapter from Running with Scissors, the bestselling memoir by his younger brother, Augusten Burroughs. Since then, he's been a regular feature in his brother's subsequent bestsellers. Now, with Raising Cubby, Look Me in The Eye and Be Different, Robison presents his own fascinating and darkly funny look at growing up with Asperger’s during a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist, and with no inkling of how to pass for normal. Throughout his childhood, Robison could not connect with other people; instead, he found comfort in machines, which became his best friends. After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, he got a job with the rock band KISS, using his savant-like abilities to create their famous fire-breathing guitars. He later worked as a toy designer at Milton Bradley and held a number of other engineering and executive positions, before founding J E Robison Service Company, a renowned European car specialist. At his speaking engagements, John will talk about his life as an undiagnosed free range Aspergian.  He’ll offer his insights into how people with autism think, feel, and respond to others.  He’ll talk about his recent experiences, including his advocacy work, his work with schools, and his participation in ground-breaking research. John also talks about his work with the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Science Board of Autism Speaks, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Raising Cubby, Look Me in the Eye and Be Different are published in the USA by Crown, an imprint of Random House.  Outside the US, John's writing has been translated into over twenty languages and his books are sold worldwide.
Bragging rights
Like the example says, I survived high school and have one kid.
Education
  • Mulberry Tree School
    Nursery School, 1961 - 1962
  • The Ronald School
    Kindergarten, 1962 - 1963
  • Monarch School
    Honorary diploma, 2008
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John Elder Robison