Great News from Alex, another of the “Scribbling Relatives!”

Apr 27, 2024 | 2 comments

Willard Espy, 1975

It was my Uncle Willard Espy who coined the phrase, “the Scribbling Aunts” to describe two of his great-aunts on our Richardson side of the family — my grandmother’s father’s sisters. I always thought he was a little put-downish in using that term as both those women were accomplished writers and supported themselves and their families with their work — which was no mean feat back in the 1880s and 1890s. But Willard credited his own proclivities in that direction to that same gene pool, so perhaps I’m just overly sensitive in my defense of my distaff ancestors

And now, Willard’s grandson, Dr. Alexander Schreiber, is making his mark on the publishing world!  Alex is an Associate Professor of Biology at St. Lawrence University, a small liberal arts college in Canton, New York. He’s been there for a good many years — maybe ten or even fifteen and there has been strong encouragement for him to publish. Alex — never one to do things by half-measures — wrote a HUGE textbook, “General and Comparative Endocrinology; An Integrative Approach” which came out in 2023. It is fabulous and, as I understand it, is the only textbook of its kind in his field. Most texts are the opposite of “integrated” — single-minded you might say.

Alex’s textbook weighs a tad under 4 lbs. and measures 8-1/4 wide in. x 11 in. x 1 long x 1/4 in. thick! (Cover Art by Alex)

In any case, the book is chock-a-block full of fascinating information and fabulous illustrations (many by Alex, himself) and every time I read a little more of it, I want to go back to school and start a whole new career. But here comes the GOOD NEWS — besides the fact that this text will lead to Alex’s promotion to Full Professor, he writes that he is “now hard at work on a NEW book aimed at a general public audience (i.e. a ‘real’ book). It is a non-fiction book about animal metamorphosis, with a working title of Tales of Transformation: Unlocking the Mysteries of Metamorphosis.”  Yay!!!


  1. Cuzzin Ralph

    Cuzzin Sydney, Thank you for sharing latest news about Cuzzin (in my case precisely 4th once removed) Alex Schreiber, PhD. As a college professor early in my career I appreciate the effort that goes into surviving in the “publish or perish paradigm” of academia. Mucho congrats, Alex! Speaking of wordplay (for which Alex’s Grandpa Willard Espy was famous) there have been a number of times when associating with a friend who also had the same degree that I spoke of us as a “Paradox”—likewise me vs. Alex! And, of course, everyone knows that “paradigm” is really just good old twenty cents USA currency!

    Alex’s book cover—with an octopus prominently shown right in the middle—reminds me that I just watched the first episode of a National Geographic documentary series “Secrets of the Octopus.” I urge everyone to watch this series about this fascinating, intelligent creature!

  2. Bruce Jones

    Full agreement — “Secrets of the Octopus” is excellent!


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