Cop's Kid: A Milwaukee Memoir

Hardcover | August 18, 2003

byMel C. Miskimen

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    B-Day, as it came to be known, finally arrived. It was a Friday. A school day. I identified with Cinderella as I watched Dad get ready for work. Holster, check. Gun, check.  Billy club, check. Handcuffs, check. . . . Saturday morning I got up early. Dad was already gone. Back to work. Ushering the Beatles out of town. On the table . . . there were two small bars of soap, slightly used, the words "Coach House Inn" still legible. One book of matches with four missing. And a note from Dad, "From their room." . . . No one else’s dad comes home from work with something that might, just might, have been intimate with a Beatle.
    Growing up, Mel Miskimen thought that a gun and handcuffs on the kitchen table were as normal as a gallon of milk and a loaf of Mrs. Karl’s bread. Her father, a Milwaukee cop for almost forty years was part Super Hero (He simply held up his hand and three lanes of traffic came to a screeching halt) and part Supreme Being (He could be anywhere at anytime. I never knew when or where he would pop up.) Miskimen’s memoir, told in humorous vignettes, tells what it was like for a girl growing up with a dad who packed a lunch and packed heat.

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    B-Day, as it came to be known, finally arrived. It was a Friday. A school day. I identified with Cinderella as I watched Dad get ready for work. Holster, check. Gun, check.  Billy club, check. Handcuffs, check. . . . Saturday morning I got up early. Dad was already gone. Back to work. Ushering the Beatles out of town. On the table ...

Mel Miskimen is a lifelong Milwaukee resident and an actor, writer, and humorist who regularly appears on the Higher Ground program on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:August 18, 2003Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299188809

ISBN - 13:9780299188801

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"Cop’s Kid is an original and engaging look at the family life of a cop through the eyes of his daughter. It is also a cultural snapshot of people and events that shaped American life during the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s."—Jonathan L. Overby, host and producer of "Higher Ground"