Ronald Apton Mack. My initials are RAM. Gumpy, my grandfather—he teaches college kids about computers—says RAM (Random Access Memory) is where computers store information. Maybe that explains why I mostly don’t forget things. Go back to the tree!
June Mack. My sister has no middle name. When I told her it was because she was funny-looking when she was born, she punched me. Go back to the tree!
Edith Elizabeth Apton Mack. Gumpy once told me that if my mother had been a boy, her name would’ve been Edward, Jr. When I learned that, I called her Edward-Junior-Mom. She gave me her version of a squinty-evil-eye, which meant QUIT IT! Go back to the tree!
Caldwell Jacob Mack. Everyone calls him Cal, but when he was a kid, his nickname was Dweller (from Caldwell…get it?). Go back to the tree!
Brenda Brianne Apton Wada. Lives in New York. She works for the company that publishes my books. She is a vice president of computers or internet or something, and without her help I never could have built this website. She is an excellent present giver on birthdays. Married to Uncle Frank. He’s an Army colonel and a very cool guy who is almost always in another country. They have no kids. But they have a cat with one gold eye and one green eye. Go back to the tree!
Deborah Dee Apton Wilker. She and my mom are sisters and best friends—always IMing, videoing, and emailing—but Aunt DeeDee lives in Australia with my twin cousins, Bradley and Amanda, who are almost exactly my age. I talk to them on video calls, but really, I barely know them. Go back to the tree!
Melvyn Mack. Born in Germany. He never talks about his childhood, but I know he was an orphan. No one calls him Melvyn or Mel…only Bud. Go back to the tree!
Veronica Glass Mack. She was my grandmother, but I never knew her. She died in a bus accident when my dad was nine. She was an excellent speller who won first prize in the Indiana State Spelling Bee when she was 12—I’ve seen the trophy. Everyone, Granpa says, called her Ronnie. Because the Ronald part of me was named after her, and I am also an excellent speller, sometimes I think that if I would ever go to Indiana, I might die in a bus crash. Go back to the tree!
Edward Everett Apton. Really smart college professor. Huge baseball fan. Loves the Yankees! (I don’t! I’m a Red Sox fan.) My mom calls him Pop. Go back to the tree!
Mary Margaret Mahoney Apton. Hugs a lot. Speaks Spanish because she lived in Argentina when she was young. Because both she and Gumpy have the same first and second initials (EE and MM), she decided to name all her children like that. Go back to the tree!