Mel Bloom has lived in Ojai for 33 years. Shortly after his arrival, he became a columnist for the Ojai Valley News. He is the father of two daughters and two sons. He graduated from Northwestern University and had a three decade career as a literary agent. In his early Ojai Days he took a course in Hospice training and subsequently was dispatched to households wherever Help of Ojai sent him. Thirteen years ago he instigated the Saint Joseph's Literary Society where residents of that care facility would meet every week for two hours to listen to readings and have discussions on the books read.