Eric Joseph Jerpe was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1949 and there raised until moving away to State College, Pennsylvania, at age eighteen to attend the Pennsylvania State University. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1971 with a Science Degree in Statistics. After a few years of drifting, he began employment as a research statistician with the International Monetary Fund, there remaining from 1975 until his retirement in 2005. He produced country Pages , graphs and time series tables for the monthly publication, International Financial Statistics. He traveled extensively to relatively remote places such as Iran, India, Mongolia and Tanzania. In his first year of retirement, he circumnavigated the globe, voyaged up the Amazon River , and attended the 2006 Winter Olympics. He is a certified scuba diver and a member of the Washington Independent Writers.
In 2004, Eric Jerpe founded Edgerton Publishing, officially registering the proprietorship in the State of Maryland. He is the author of two works of fiction: the forty-chapter, 584-page novel Beckoning Star: A Romance of the Distant Future, and the five-chapter 108-page novella The Return of Scheherazade: A Messianic Fantasy.
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