This book is a story of the first seventy-five years of my life and of the times those years covered. The subtitle of the book is A Rather Ordinary Life in Some Extraordinary Times. The life that I have lived has been rather ordinary in that I was born, grew up, went to college, spent a short time in the Army, got a job, worked for a living, raised a family, and retired.
This was going on in some rather extraordinary times. This period covered the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor and World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, Vietnam, the beginnings of the Space Age, putting a man on the moon and bringing him back, the advent of computers, the Internet, the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the resulting global fight against terrorism. We had one president die in office, one assassinated, one resign from office, and one impeached. We even had one president (Ford) who was never elected president or vice-president. Good Trivia question. We cured smallpox, infantile paralysis, and other deadly diseases. And we invented sliced bread, cell phones, and the Super Bowl. Extraordinary times.