Alan Miller was born in Milwaukee, and raised in Sussex, Wisconsin; a protypical small Midwest town.
His father was a blue collar worker at Schlitz Brewery and a veteran of World War II. His maternal
Grand Father was a veteran of World War I, earning a Silver Star and Purple Heart, and also worked
at Schlitz Brewery. Shortly after graduation from hish school in 1963 Alan enlisted in the United
States Marine Corps, and after boot camp was stationed at Camp Pendelton, California before shipping
out to Vietnam in 1965. He served with the 9th Marines in Vietnam and was wounded three times. He
returned from Vietnam in the summer of 1966 and was stationed at Camp Pendelton before being honorably
While working three part time jobs, evenings and weekends, he put himself through Broadcasting School.
Alan worked briefly as a Public Relations man for a Florida land company before marrying his
sweetheat Kathryn in 1967. (At the printing of this book Kathryn and Alan have been married 35 years).
One day after their marriage, they packed up all their worldly possessions into an old Chevy coupe and
moved to Carthage, Illinois, where he worked as a staff announcer for a small town radio station. A
year later, in 1968 they moved back to Wisconsin, where he went to work in the advertising department
at a Waukesha, Wisconsin newspaper, and their first child Alan Joseph was born. In 1974 their second
son, Anthony, was born.
Over the course of the next 10 years he earned a degree in marketing, and graduated with honors,
attending night school, while working full time, and raising a family.
Alan has worked for newspapers, a radio station, advertising agencies, as an advertising manager for a furniture company and a media buyer for a Wisconsin Casino.
He has served as 4-H leader, 10 years on the local school board, President of a local cemetary association, and is President of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He is a life member of the VFW, Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America.