Joe Farley was born and raised in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the last graduating class at Hazleton Saint Gabriel’s and was the starting point guard on the school’s state championship basketball team. While at Saint Gabriel’s Mr. Farley demonstrated his academic prowess by graduating 37th in his class of 40. He then attended college at Bloomsburg University where, after four very dimly remembered years, he graduated with a degree in education.
In 1975, Mr. Farley was hired by Joe Farrell to work in the Governor’s Action Center. Nine years later Farrell would repeat his mistake by hiring Mr. Farley to work for him at the Public Utility Commission. On May 21, 2010, after 35 years of state service, he retired. Mr. Farley has not returned to work because he has been unable to find a cushy high paying position like Joe Farrell’s. In addition, Mr. Farrell has apparently learned from his past mistakes as he has not attempted to hire Mr. Farley a third time. As a result, Mr. Farley has concentrated his efforts on co-authoring his books Keystone Tombstones.