Sergeant Kathy L. Baumgarten,
USAF (ret.), is the author of Strictly A Loner: My Life and Times with Plattsburgh's Poorest Millionaire.
According to the book description of Strictly
A Loner: My Life and Times with Plattsburgh's Poorest Millionaire, “We met Earl in 1990; we parted
seven years later. So many little events had to fall into place before we met him that it seemed decreed Above for him to
become "Our" Earl. He'd just chuckle to hear that, though. "Those Jokers," he'd say about us. "They
knew I was strictly a loner." What we also knew was his biggest secret." - from Chapter One In this often humorous
true story, two homeowners go head to head with their tenant, Earl, a quiet old loner and military retiree from the South.
Sometimes just an amusing
curmudgeon, Earl confounds them with his obsessive hoarding and miserly habits.
Always dignified, nonetheless he retained an air of secrecy
about his past, keeping his distance from the people who saw him every day along the streets of Plattsburgh, a small city
nestled above the Adirondacks. Truly, he was a man that everyone saw and no one really knew. Did you see Earl? A story never
revealed before, Strictly A Loner is not merely the true account of a retired Air Force NCO, reclusive hoarder and secret
millionaire. With the drama, suspense and poignancy only a true story can evoke, Strictly A Loner also serves as a vehicle
to examine society’s attitudes toward money, family, mental illness, and aging.”