"From Dirt to Design" is Ron Bercume's story -?a stranger-than-fiction tale of a "fat smelly kid in thrift store clothes" who overcame an upbringing beset by poverty, the paranormal, addiction and dysfunction.
On Saturday at 10:30 a.m. the public is invited to meet Ron Bercume, the subject of the biography "From Dirt to Design." Ron and the book's author, Tim Follos, will be at the Au Sable Forks Free Library to talk about their book, the purpose behind its creation, and Ron's life, times, and career.
As a teen, Bercume was an aimless juvenile delinquent on probation and waiting to drop out of school. Today, two decades later, he is a successful graphic designer, art collector and businessman.
When Bercume moved to Lake Placid, he was a high school student. It was there that he met the teachers who gave him the attention and support that allowed him to turn his life around. He received several awards during his senior year and attended the Rochester Institute of Technology on a scholarship. Ron's RIT experience was cut short, however, and "From Dirt to Design" follows him as he becomes a young parent, drops out of school, experiences heartbreak, setbacks and slowly gets his graphic design business off the ground.
Readers will be inspired and motivated by this candid story. All proceeds from sales of the biography will benefit artistic Adirondack teenagers through the Esther Mountain Arts Scholarship Fund.
For more information, visit dirt2design.com.
"From Dirt to Design" is available at the Bookstore Plus, in Lake Placid, and at the Little Supermarket, in Wilmington, as well as through Amazon.com.
Follos, is the biography's author and a high school friend of Bercume's. A longtime journalist, Follos has written for many publications including The Lake Placid News, The Washington Post Express, The Onion, The Georgetown Voice, and The Adirondack Journal.
"From Dirt to Design" is his first book.