I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the 6th of 10 children. While still in the crib, my grandfather wrote me a letter about my adventures in life. That, coupled with the profound influence of a compelling displaced Texan who lived near by, inculcated in me a desire for freedom and adventure that still burns today.
I graduated from high school and joined the US Marines in 1959. The training, direction and motivation provided by my stint in the Corps set the stage for some incredible successes. After the Marines, I was employed by McDonnell Douglas. I remained there for 33 years, working on some of our nations most sensitive defense projects. Without going into details, suffice it to say we helped the United States push the envelope.
I retired from McDonnell Douglas in 1996. During my service, I met my wife. We’ve been married for more than 40 years and have been blessed with four children and ten grandchildren.
I’m hopeful that they too take a little bit of Texas into their lives. If I have anything to say about it, they will.