Carl Glick (1890 - 1971) was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, and was educated at Northwestern University. He supported himself at university by writing scenarios for the movies, and after leaving, worked as an actor in repertory. He went on to direct at regional theatres until the supply of work ran dry, when he moved to New York. He was described as “a man of diverse talents” by the author of his biographical sketch at the University of Iowa library. He wrote plays, short stories, a Treasury of Masonic Thought, works on the Chinese in America, and became a professor at the Universities of Colorado, New York and California Western University amongst others.
Amidst all this, he found time to write two children’s horse books with A E O’Banion: the Mickey stories.
Mickey was a real horse: he volunteered for the Troop A of the US Cavalry when Indians in Arizona were on the warpath. Mickey wasn’t much like the usual elegant cavalry horse. A scrawny strawberry roan, he may not have had looks, but he did have courage. When the bugle blew, Mickey wanted to be in the front line.