Ed Orzechowski is the author of You’ll Like It Here—The Story of Donald Vitkus, Belchertown Patient #3394, narrative nonfiction published by Levellers Press of Amherst, Massachusetts. Ed is a retired high school English teacher and radio news reporter. He and his wife Gail live in Northampton, Massachusetts.
You'll Like It Here--The Story of Donald Vitkus, Belchertown Patient #3394
Abandoned by his unwed mother during World War II, Donald Vitkus becomes a ward of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is 27 days old.
Six years later as “Patient #3394,” he is committed to Belchertown State School, where he is labeled a “moron” with an I.Q. of 41. He later serves in Vietnam, searches for his family, marries, and earns a college degree—all in a lifelong battle to convince others, and himself, that Donald Vitkus is not a moron.