In the sixties and early seventies The Harrad Experiment and Proposition 31 became watchwords for the "hippie generation". As millions of students on campuses across the country read and talked about his books, little did they know, their hero was well past thirty.
Bob started writing early in life. As a high school student in Massachusetts in the 1930s, he wrote articles for, as well as helped print and distribute, a small local magazine entitled Boy's Pal. He graduated from Bates College with a multi-discipline degree in English, Psychology and Philosophy and later obtained an MBA from Harvard.
His life has been an eventful one. His military service during and after World War II included both at-home and overseas assignments. After his enlistment was up, Rimmer returned to the US and took a position in the family printing business. He spent the next twenty-five years of his life working, raising a family, and collecting his life experiences and formulating them into what would later become events and characters in his many novels.
His first two novels, The Rebellion of Yale Marratt and That Girl from Boston, were written before 1960 and were considered much too controversial to publish. However, after years of mail-order sales through a small publisher in California, Rimmer's The Harrad Experiment was published by Bantam in 1967 and was finally available to a wide audience. Within a year over a million copies had been sold.
More novels followed, including Proposition 31. All of these novels explored alternatives to traditional relationships and sexuality, subjects very much at the forefront of the public's interest in the 1970's.
Now in his eighties, Bob Rimmer, always in the vanguard in his advocacy of alternatives to the traditional monogamous relationship, becomes one of the first authors to recognize the potential of the Internet to bring his books to millions of new readers. With fourteen novels to his credit and still going strong, this author has not only brought his early works back into print, he is actively looking for someone to pick up the torch and carry on with his work. He has several novels in the works that he believes will benefit from the enormous potential of print-on-demand technology and the Internet. You can read more about Robert Rimmer on his web site www.harrad2000.com.