About Andrew Weitzen the Author of My Fight With Hospice
Andrew Weitzen is a software developer, dance teacher, and author.
Andrew currently teaches all kinds of social dancing. He figured out that you only need to know three rules and three signals
to communicate every step in every dance, and so authored the book
How To Dance With a Partner:
the Gentle Method of Unambiguously Communicating Every Step in Every Social Dance.
While taking care of his mother, Andrew was shocked by her medical treatment. In response, he wrote the cautionary tale
My Fight With Hospice: a Family Caring for Mom, Witness to the Misuse of Prescription Drugs.
Andrew was born in Queens, New York in 1957, grew up in East Setauket on Long Island. His family moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1971. He went to Gainesville High School, where he played varsity basketball and was the high school county chess champion. He majored in mathematics at the University of Florida, where he learned to dance and play beach volleyball. While in high school, he introduced Dungeons and Dragons to the University of Florida war games club. He may have been the first person in Florida to play D&D. 6 years later, he was the captain of the team that won the first Dungeons and Dragons team championship at UF.
Andrew is a second-generation American. His parents, Sheldon and Edith, were from Jewish, eastern European families, living in Brighton Beach and Coney Island. His father was a businessman, who often took young Andrew to work. One business was recycling scrap paper and metal, where they acquired an impressive, 1950s sports card collection. Sheldon started a shirt manufacturing business, which he moved to Live Oak, Florida. Andrew worked there in the summers and on school breaks.
Andrew worked for IBM for most of his first adult decade, before becoming a computer consultant. He consulted for Abbott Laboratories, the insurance industry, Equity Lifestyle Properties, and others.