Our Time


Our Time is a compilation of editorial essays written between 1980 and 2005 by Mr. Melvyn N. Klein for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times newspaper in Texas, at the invitation of the newspaper’s publisher and editors.

The lives and events of these 25 years are reported on by Mr. Klein – himself the epitome of the American Dream as a 1996 Horatio Alger Award winner.

The reader will find within these pages insightful accounts of well known celebrities during their times of achievement; commentary on important social changes and challenges in our country; informed reports on economics and world politics; and simple stories about South Texas people, events, and matters of personal character.

Comments from readers of the newspaper columns written by Melvyn N. Klein and compiled in this book.

I have read a number of your columns and have enjoyed your insights and commentary on people and issues of importance during the past twenty years.
George H. W. Bush
Former President of the United States

Mel Klein writes with sensitivity and understanding of the issues and foibles of our time. His humanity and common sense make his insights a ‘must’ read.
Dan W. Lufkin – Co-Founder,
Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette

These essays exhibit extraordinary breadth and depth: breadth in the wide range of interests and issues which engage Mel Klein; and depth in the insights and hidden truths he finds in people and events, great and little known.
Robert G. McKelvey – Executive Committee
Association of Rhodes Scholars

Your article is very well written and honestly reflects the events that we shared in common.
Hubert H. Humphrey III – Former Attorney General
The State of Minnesota

Your sensitive, strong, compelling leadership echoes throughout your superb writing.
Ben Love – Texas banking and business legend

I enjoy all of your articles...You are gifted as a writer and more important...you are a great American.
George L. Argyros – Chairman
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

You write extraordinarily well and your perspective is very thoughtful.
Jay A. Pritzker, Esq.

You are able to crystallize thoughts that very few others are able to do.
Arthur Levitt, Jr. – Chairman
Securities & Exchange Commission

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
(regarding Mr. Klein’s introduction of her)

Thank you for expressing it so well. I share your values - faith, family, and friends; that is what life is all about.
Bill Greehey – Chairman, CEO
Valero Energy Corporation

Gee, if I’d have known you were a writer, too, I would have been more careful in your company.
John Updike, author

Dad, we read a copy of your column today; it was good.
Jacqueline and Jenna Klein