Robert A. Slade was born March 17, 1938, graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in central Michigan in 1957 and Michigan State University in 1964 with a four year hitch in the US Air Force in between. After working for 36 years as an insurance and investment broker he retired in 1996. Bob had been an avid fisherman all of his life and started fishing with his parents at age 6. He has been a antique fishing lure collector since 1958 and had amassed a hugh collection by 1990. His retirement allowed him the necessary time to research and write articles for a collector magazine and publish several books on the subject of old fishing lures.