Sam Sackett has a Ph.D. in English from UCLA. After 23 years of teaching at a state university in Kansas, he burned out and left the academic life for a newspaper, then an advertising agency, and then a public relations agency. Having become by that time an expert on career change, he became a career management practitioner for 15 years, retiring in 2003 and spending six years in his wife’s native Thailand. He and his wife returned to the U.S. in 2009 and now live in rural Oklahoma.
During Sackett’s academic career he published scholarship in folklore and American literature; he also published a children’s book and a translation of a Flemish novel. During his career in career management he published Career Karate: How to Keep Your Job When Everybody Else is Losing Theirs. Since his return from Thailand he has published four novels: Sweet Betsy from Pike, The Robin Hood Chronicles, Adolf Hitler in Oz, and Huckleberry Finn Grows Up.
Once in an essay on Joseph Addison (of Addison and Steele) Sackett accused Addison of suffering from a compulsion to set the world straight. He confesses to suffering from the same compulsion. SackettSays is an attempt to set the world straight with words.