Keith A. Reynolds
Retired businessman Ted Jacobs held a book signing in the Elyria Public Library North Branch on the first floor of the Bass Library on Feb. 7.
If the name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t feel bad. His store closed in 1991 after over 40 years of supplying the Lorain area with women’s and children’s clothing. In that time he established himself as a civic leader and a pillar of the community.
Over 20 years later, the businessman and philanthropist has embarked on a new vocation, author. His new book, “It’s Up to You! Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life,” is a stockpile of the “true life stories of people who were down in the depths of despair, and how they changed their lives around and became happy and successful.”
Much like the rest of his endeavors, this venture seems to be a family affair. When asked about his writing process he explained that after collecting all of these stories in a folder over the course several decades, “my daughter, Gail Smith, put the various stories in the computer.”
“I always wanted to help people and I figured the best way to reach the most amount of people is through a book.” When asked what advice this sage of the ages had for students proceeding into the unknowns of “adult life” he simply shared “Number one; the most important thing is integrity, to be factual, but honest, and forthright, and truthful.”