About the Author

Robert "Bobby" Ruiz

Robert "Bobby" Ruiz grew up on the streets of San Francisco during the 1950's and 1960's. The city was a much different place than it is today. He was one of the city's top youth athletes, but at the age of 15, he started using alcohol and drugs. His athletic abilities took a backseat to his new party life and the Haight and Ashbury hippie culture that was taking over the city. Bobby was married at 17 and, as a small-time marijuana dealer, he steps deeper into crime and addiction.

To get away from the street life, Bobby joined the Navy on a special waiver because of past criminal history at the age of 28. He was already into his third marriage. He lost his family and himself in the Los Angeles skid row area known as the "Nickel." 

Bobby found redemption and recovery in a free county-run rehab center. This is a story of unconditional love, alcoholism, drug addiction, forgiveness, and redemption.