Bob Kaster is a retired lawyer and California Superior Court Judge. He is a freelance columnist with publications in the Siskiyou Daily News.
Since 1972, he and his wife Ann have lived in a circa-1906 Victorian home in a small town nestled in the mountains of Northern California, in the shadow of majestic Mount Shasta. They have two children. Their son Bob, after having worked in the hospitality business for many years, opened a wine and tapas bar in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, El Viñedo Local, featuring wines and cuisine inspired by South America’s emerging wine and culinary culture. Their daughter Carrie teaches English at the same high school she attended as a student. They also have two grandchildren.
Bob is a Vietnam-era U.S. Air Force veteran, retired lawyer, and retired Superior Court judge. After retiring from the bench in 2008, he took up writing. He began with short stories written for his family, and letters to the editor of his local newspaper. The letters to the editor evolved into an opinion column, The Septuagenarian Speaks. Over sixty columns have been published in the past four years.
In 2016 he began working on a full-length novel, culminating in the 2019 publication of The Septuagenarian – An R-Rated Thriller. He recently completed a sequel, The Mansion – A Septuagenarian Thriller, published February 10, 2021. Both books are available in eBook and paperback from Amazon. The books are fiction (“mindless thrillers” as he calls them) but the imaginative stories are based on his experiences as a lawyer and a judge in a rural mountain community.