Beaver Creek resident pens autobiography that melds ‘sports, beer, sex and God’
BEAVER CREEK — In his debut release, part-time Beaver Creek resident and author Paul J. Disser welcomes everyone to join him in “The Ultimate Sports Bar” for the answers to life’s most meaningful ponderings and more. “The Ultimate Sports Bar,” Disser’s first book, was released May 22; it is as unique as its title, housing the memoirs of an autobiography with a twist of spirituality.
Disser, chairman of the board and CEO of Spectrum Benefits Management Corporation based in Kansas, has been visiting Eagle County since the early ’80s and he’s owned a home in Beaver Creek since 1994. In the book, Disser shares his life story, the questions that have taunted, the romance that has lured, the philosophies he has adopted and the friendships that have prevailed through both hardship and success. “The Ultimate Sports Bar” is a story of fear and faith wrapped in humor and heart.
“It’s the only book I’ve read that talks about sports, beer, sex and God so seamlessly that it all makes sense,” says Greg Lavine of Remington Book Reviews. Lavine described the book by saying, “Men will relate to it and women will gain insight into how most men think.”
Disser said he felt “compelled” to write this book recently.
“An accident in 1994 left me with what I call a near-life experience,” he said. “Recent passings of family members and close business associates compelled me to lay down some of my metaphysics before it was too late.”
During the course of Disser’s career, he did reorganization projects for small and intermediate sized companies. Most of the time he was paid directly, but a few times he was given “founder’s stock” (also known as penny stock) as compensation.
“Sometimes (it) just stayed worth pennies and sometimes really it blew up,” he said. “In fact, one of the companies whose prospectus I drafted went public and did quite well in the market. I used the proceeds of that project to buy my place in Beaver Creek in 1994.”
‘NOT REALLY ALL THAT FICTIONAL’
Though Disser was the most introverted of his six siblings, he was also a good writer, something he inherited from his mother, whom was “a gifted writer and thinker.”
“I learned a lot from her about how women wanted to be treated; and learned a lot about reading and writing as she had a regular column in one of the local news rags as we were growing up,” he said.
Over the course of Disser’s business career, he drafted business plans and prospectuses, which he calls “the ultimate form of creative non-fiction writing.”
While there are boundaries surrounding what can and cannot be said in a public document, those boundaries are quite broad, Disser said.
“Even the professionals on the planning team, the CPA’s and attorneys, although staying within the legal boundaries of the document could and would get very creative with their contributions. Prospectuses are actually creative non-fiction screenplays without dialogue. What most civilians consider to be fictional entertainment, movies like ‘Wall Street’ with Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), ‘Trading Places’ with Eddie Murphy and ‘Boiler Room’ with Ben Affleck are not really all that fictional.”
Disser has participated in real life companies before and seen firsthand that the dialogue and action on the screen has actually taken place in real life, which helped him write this book, he said.
“I have participated with real life companies, attorneys and CPA firms in these very discussions before, during and after their public offering process. Anyone who thinks insider trading doesn’t occur every single day that the market is open is either naive or just plain stupid.
Bald-faced liars, outright crooks, dope addicts on the trading desks — I’ve seen it all first-hand. It was a short step to replicating that experience to create dialogue for my first published work of creative non-fiction.”
According to Disser, the regulators will periodically pick a celebrity scapegoat such as Martha Stewart, Leona Helmsley, Wesley Snipes or Richard Pryor to send a message to the masses that no one better challenge their system.
“These cases would be better investigated by Paul Harvey so everyone could get ‘the rest of the story,’” he said. “There is always someone else’s hidden agenda at work in these cases.”
To read the rest of Disser’s story, pull up a stool, order your favorite libation and pay a visit to “The Ultimate Sports Bar.” The book is available in print and ebook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. More information on the author and book can be found at http://www.globalpublishing groupllc.com.
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