Former MSU hockey national champion pens book
From 1963-66, Matt Mulcahy built a lifetime of memories as a member of the MSU ice hockey team, including winning the 1966 National Championship. Now, Mulcahy is a grandparent and also the author of the book "Not At Grandma's House (My House - My Rules)."
The 18-page book explores the myths and events one experiences when they become parents or grandparents. Mulcahy said he hopes the book brings a sense of humor and enjoyment to all of his readers.
Mulcahy has never been technologically savvy, but one day, he obtained something from MSU that advertised a product in their library that can help manufacture a book.
“It was probably three years ago, four years ago and then I happened to have received something from Michigan State that they have this supercomputer in their library that will take your paper and put it in book form and seal it and come up with a book,” Mulcahy said. “And I thought, ‘Geez, that’s pretty good.’”
After becoming familiar with the product, it only took Mulcahy a few weeks to produce a preliminary draft.
“So I thought, ‘Well, if I got a computer thing where they can make a book, why not do it?’” he said. “I sat down and in a couple weeks, I came up with preliminary (draft). I sent it to him and he had a couple suggestions and changed the format a little bit.”
Mulcahy was even able to get his book on Amazon.
“It was a lot of fun doing it,” Mulcahy said. “And then when I published it, I contacted Amazon and my wife said, ‘Why don’t you put it on Kindle?' So I did that — the electronic book thing because she’s really into electronic books — and that’s fine, but I didn’t have it illustrated. I didn’t have any of the little illustrations that I had, so I decided when Amazon said, ‘Hey, you know if you have it on Kindle, we can make it into a paperback to send us an updated version.' And that’s what I did.”
Mulcahy said the book that took only a few months to write would be a great present for baby showers, birthdays or even stocking stuffers.
“I think that some of my friends have read it,” he said. “Of course my sisters and brothers, they think it’s hilarious because they know I’ve got 12 grandchildren. We’ve got 12 grandchildren and they range in age from just a few months to 25, so the things that have happened over the years, it’s just pretty funny. I’m sure they are for everybody, but to put it down on paper and then you recall and see it in print and then you go, ‘yeah,' so It was a lot of fun doing it and I don’t expect to get rich of this thing, but I think that it’ll give some people a lot of humor.”
Mulcahy said he hasn’t told his former Spartan teammates about the book, but it is one of his next steps to promote the book.
“No, I haven’t really,” he said. “That’s one of the steps I was going to do is send out an email and let the guys know.”
Matt’s son, Brian Mulcahy, said his father’s inspiration to write this book came from his multitude of experiences that has spanned throughout his lifetime.
“He is a classic personality of experiences, so many experiences that he’s passed on to us — all of his children,” Brian said. “He has four children and each one of us has taken certain pieces of all his lessons and he is a guy who can’t stand still. Doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy peaceful time or relaxation, but he was a Marine, he was a Division I college hockey player, won the NCAAs, he was a high school hockey coach, he was a scout leader, everything you would ever want. So when he took over as being a grandparent, to him it was, ‘Alright, let’s go with energy. Let’s go into this full tilt.’”
Brian said his father had retired from Ford and as a result, had to be engaged in something because he couldn’t stand still.
“He has to have his projects,” Brian said. “He’s an extremely smart person, active person. He still referees hockey to stay close to the game four or five times a week for five hours at a time and he still plays three times a week, so my father is very, very active. And when he started grandparenting, he doesn’t grandparent like to helicoptering. No offense to anybody who does. He’s going to actively get involved.”
When his father told him he wrote a book, Brian said he was astonished.
“He does all kinds of stuff, so when he told me he wrote a book, I fell off my chair a little because I never thought that he would do something that, but then it started to make since,” he said. “That he has all these stories, he has so many great stories, so many great experiences. He enjoys sharing them and sometimes he tells them over and over again and it’s an endearing quality that those that care for him really, really appreciate, but I think this was his opportunity to express these wonderful parts of his life that’s he’s embraced and that he doesn’t see it as, ‘I’m grandparenting.’”