hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA


December 19, 2013

HHS grad pens novel

HAVERHILL — Follow your nose and do what comes naturally to you — that was the way the late George Moonoogian taught his students at Haverhill High.

One of them, 1987 graduate Matthew Madigan took that advice to heart.

Madigan recently penned the detective novel “Her Name is Violence” and dedicated it to the memory of his late teacher.

“George was like no other teacher. He was unorthodox, brilliant and totally off the wall. Not everybody got him. He was on a different level,” the newly-minted author said via an email interview.

“The two of us became friends after I graduated from college and remained tight right up to his passing. I miss him everyday,” Madigan said about his mentor.

Madigan had his book published by Past Midnight Publishing in Worcester — owned and operated by Matthew Sanborn, another 1987 Haverhill High graduate.

Moonoogian taught English for 34 years. He graduated from Haverhill High in 1958, then attended Bay State Academy. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in American literature from Salem State University. Born in Haverhill, Moonoogian passed away at 71 in December 2012.

Moonoogian emphasized that successful literature came from a desire to tell a good story.

“George taught me not to write with money in mind. I just let my mind go free and write. When you are not concerned about money or big sales, it really sets you free,” Madigan said.

Madigan’s book, a crime-noir novel, focuses on a 1930s private investigator living in a large city.

“I wrote this type of book because it is the type of story I enjoy,” Madigan said. “George Moonoogian taught me to write what I feel and what I know and in my own style. None of this book would be possible without him. He made me want to be a writer. I cannot thank him enough for turning me onto this path.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • waldron

    James Waldron

    James Waldron was city's first true mayor Posted 9 hours ago 1 Photo
  • The Lamp Post Posted 9 hours ago
  • 140411_hg_hand_fooddrive

    Mayor James Fiorentini visits the food bank at Emmaus Inc. and meets with Emmaus' Americorp/VISTA volunteers Alexandra Elwell, Alison Lee and Gabriella Berger. They organized a food drive to replenish the supply at the bank.

    Emmaus Inc. looks to help the hungry Posted 9 hours ago 1 Photo
  • Haverhill Real Estate Posted 9 hours ago
  • sculpture

    RYAN HUTTON/ Staff photo. Haverhill High School's new sculpture was dedicated April 17.

    The week's news in review Posted 9 hours ago 1 Photo
  • museum

    Courtesy photo Step into the past at the Haverhill Firefighting Museum. A new area, devoted to children, will open there May 3.

    Firefighting museum to unveil child-oriented exhibit Posted 9 hours ago 1 Photo
  • 140412_hg_tje_celebration_02

    TIM JEAN/Staff photo. Vincent Buonanno, of Methuen, and member of their Sons of Italy, speaks before dinner to celebrate the Sons of Italy Victor Emanuel Lodge of Haverhill 75th anniversary of their Drum & Bugle Corps. 4/12/14

    Marching in Posted 9 hours ago 8 Photos
  • Community Television Posted 9 hours ago
  • Haverhill police log Posted 9 hours ago
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • 140415_HG_MSC_ROBOT_4

    MARY SCHWALM/Staff photo Jazzy Brown, 4, of Haverhill, works with a a Robot named Connor as Behavior Specialist Julie Bernier looks on, during an interactive session at the Moody School in Haverhill.

    Their best friend's a robot Posted 7 days ago 5 Photos

Photos of the Week