Inspirational and humorous autobiographical essays on coming of age in a small
western Pennsylvania river town during WW II, the Korean and Viet-Nam Wars.
Young William fought World War II from a fox-hole that he and his childhood
friends dug and in which he was wounded. He believed that since he graduated
from a smoky, mill-town high school, he might not easily get admitted to college,
so he applied to fourteen of them. After graduating from college with honors, he
describes getting a PhD, a less-than-heroic stint in the military and becoming a
professor and business consultant. A continuing theme is his relationship with “the
girl of his dreams,” a beautiful redhead who he met at 14 and to whom he has been
married for more than a half century. He describes his older Brother, who fought in
Korea and came home to live the life of a playboy until he met the love of his life,
his nurturing Mother and a Father who set an example to which he still aspires. The
reader will learn about things as diverse as the Whiskey rebellion, teenage behavior
before the sexualization of culture, a useful decision paradigm created on Omaha
Beach and how to impress a girl by tasting her hair. The book ends with musings on
how two very different people can come together and create a happy and enduring
marriage. Anyone interested in what life and relationships were like in the middle of
the 20th Century, when three wars consumed the daily attention of the nation, will
find this book to be interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining.
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Published August 31, 2012
Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs.