AUTHOR'S PICTO-AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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This is a very brief summary of some of the major events in my life. 

  • I was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1949. My father served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Britain during WWII before passing away from cancer in 1951. See more WW2 pictureson 

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  • In 1952 my mother and I moved to Whitehorse, Yukon where she worked at a native school for a few years. There was little pay, other than being provided room and board for us. However, that was sufficient since she wanted to get away from her grief by surrounding herself with wonderful people while helping others. The birthday photo below was taken just before we left.  

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In 1956 we moved back to the farm in Alberta, I attended a one room country school where I walked each day. There was no indoor plumbing in either our home or school. Heating was only by coal and wood, as in our farmhouse. Back then, I didn't feel deprived; it was all normal.

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  • In 1957 we moved not far away to Wetaskiwin, a town about 50 miles south of Edmonton where I graduated in 1967. I was active in almost all sports including hockey, baseball, football, gynasitics, football, track and field, etc.

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  • I decided at that time to travel without any firm destination in mind but ended up in Clearwater, Florida in 1968 where I lived until 1971 as a student at Trinity College, a parochial school while also attending St Petersburg Junior College. Below is me with my cousin's daughter about then.